GH Transcript Tuesday, February 20, 2024

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 sonny, I have at least four people on standby that can do this. You don’t need me. I — listen, I need you to handle this directly. I need somebody I can trust. Will you do this for me or not? I live to serve. Your son to see you, boss. Which one? What do you mean, which one? Does it matter? I have so many ideas for the invader. Hey, are you sure that you can’t sit and brainstorm with me? I’m sorry, nina. I’m booked. Hello, laura. Hello. Robert. Have a seat. Well, since we all know why we’re here, we can get on with it. We’re here to discuss the consequences of… charlotte’s actions when stalking anna. We’re closed. Anna: Even for me? I got some tea and cookies for you guys. Oh, thank you. You didn’t need to go to any trouble. It’s no trouble at all. Now I will leave so you two can talk. Well, honey, why don’t you stay? I’m sure that whatever jordan has to say you can hear, right? Technically, you’re not allowed to hear what I’m about to say. What can I do for you, dante? You okay? Yeah. Why? Uh, diane seemed a little pissed off. And this isn’t the warmest welcome I’ve ever received from you, so, I mean, I can come back if you’re busy. No, no. I’ve just got a lot on my mind. What, like the olivia jerome killing? I read about that. I’m not gonna shed any tears. But I had nothing to do with that, if that’s what you’re implying. Actually, we think that the same people who killed olivia jerome are the same people who’ve been trying to kill you.

Well, as you know, laura, the da’s office must avoid all appearance of bias. Meaning what, exactly? Meaning that any familial ties to the mayor, minor age, injury incurred during the course of the crime negate the fact that there was a crime committed at all. Several, actually. She wasn’t in her right mind. You know that. I do appreciate the difficult position you’re in. So please just tell us what your office has decided. My office will not pursue any charges… at this time, provided that charlotte work with a court-ordered therapist, a thousand hours of community service, and three years of probation. We good? Sorry, commissioner, but the grill won’t open for another hour. I’m happy to leave word with the matre d’ if you’re looking for a table. Just let me know the number of people in your party and what time. I’m not here to dine. I’m here to offer you an opportunity to save lives. Possibly including your own. And why would you want to save me? I assure you that whatever you have to say will be kept in the strictest confidence. Nothing you say will ever leave this room. Well, I can’t provide all of the details, but there have been some developments in the investigation into the metro court pool shooting. Has the shooter been captured? No. Found? No. But we’re closer now that we know the shooter’s agenda. And we have a definitive answer to who the target was. Well, I already know the target wasn’t curtis. So who was it? Anna? Sonny? Babe. The shooter was aiming at sonny. And that’s a definitive? Well, we are as sure as we can be without a statement from the shooter. Unfortunately, sonny wasn’t the only target. Dad, we think the same person or people that took out olivia jerome are the same people that tried to take you out at the metro court pool and in puerto rico. We also think they’re responsible for the deaths of various other organized crime figures across the country. So olivia was next on the list. That’s right. We were operating under the assumption that it was a lone gunman, but they’re clearly not working alone, because olivia’s guards were ambushed by two men, part of a bigger group or an organization. Well, that tracks with what jagger cates told me. And he also advised me to watch my back. So you telling me there’s a possibility that somebody’s infiltrating my organization? Yeah, this is serious, dad. We got to find this traitor. You say that like there’s only one. Nina. Good afternoon. Hi, diane. The bartender should be back momentarily. Oh, not to worry. I’m not here to see him. I’m here to see you. You’ve been served. These are divorce papers.

The fbi and the pcpd are working together. We have reason to believe that the shooting is related to a series of attacks on organized crime figures across the eastern U.S. Look, I’m relieved to know that curtis wasn’t the target. But I’m still furious that he became collateral damage because somebody had a vendetta that had absolutely nothing to do with him. I understand the feeling. Jordan, I appreciate the update. Actually, I’d begun to look into things myself. Really? What’d you come up with? Well, I didn’t get too far. I, um, had to pause ’cause I underwent surgery. Understandable. He’s been focused on his treatment. How is the recovery coming? There’s definitely progress. I’m glad to hear that. I told you that I would keep you in the loop, so that’s why I shared this information. I know that staying on the sidelines isn’t how you operate, but now that you’ve mentioned you’re working on the case, maybe it’s time I speak to anna about making you a more active part of the investigation. I can’t imagine why I’d be in danger. Clearly, I’m not the man I once was. Oh, yeah. You consider yourself reformed, mr. Renault. But I’m not sure that everyone else feels the same way. Your former life does put you at risk. In fact, who’s to say you’re not the next target? Then I shall rely on god to be my protector, not the, uh, pcpd. Okay. And what about all the other would-be targets or collateral victims? Will your conscience — will it be at peace with their deaths, knowing that you didn’t do everything in your power to stop this violence? God helps those who help themselves, ms. Devane. And I am not in the business of saving lives. That’s your job. I’m just trying to save a few souls. Oh, really? That’s a very lofty goal. It’s all I got. So, I happen to know that you’ve maintained contact with your religious acolytes at pentonville. I go there twice a week. The new warden has seen the wisdom of allowing me to continue my ministry. I want to make a proposition to you. That this is a win-win situation, because you are perfectly placed to use your influence at the prison. Let’s just speak plainly, commissioner, okay? Because you’re not concerned about my ministry or about the men who turn to me in search of a pathway to salvation. You’re asking me to exploit the very people who look to me for guidance. Am I right? 1,000 hours of community service and three years probation? I think maybe charlotte should go to court. I think a judge would give her a more lenient sentence, certainly more reasonable. But we are very grateful that charlotte isn’t going to face detention of any sort, really. I want you to know, though, she is already in therapy. I’m aware. That was factored into the decision. When it comes to juveniles, my office likes to pursue a direction of reformation over punishment. Victor manipulated charlotte. Victor was her grandfather and an adult. She was a kid. She didn’t know any better. But you, on the other hand… uh, you know, I think it’s time for me to get to my next appointment. Um, by the way, thank you very much for your fairness and your consideration in this matter. I’m really grateful, but I should be going. I really should be going. Hey, you know what? Why don’t you, uh, walk out with me? No, you go on ahead. I’ve got more business. I’ll be in touch, laura. I look forward to it. Okay, you’ve done your professional duty. Now’s your chance to get personal. The terms are very simple. It’s a 50/50 split of all assets accrued during the marriage. Other than that, both parties keep the toys they came with. So much time has gone by. Nothing from sonny. No contact. I thought he was cooling off, that after he did that, we might try again. But he had these papers drawn up? No word to me? Nothing? I always advise clients that communication should be kept to a minimum during a separation. And he listens to my counsel. Oh, nice try, diane, but sonny does what he wants. I doubt that he would listen to your counsel more than his own heart.

[ Laughs ] That’s true. Of course, sonny listening to his heart over his head is what got us here in the first place. Are you saying you t hink you have more than one mole in your organization? I take nothing and no one for granted. Nor should you. So let me help you. H-how are you gonna do that? Well, for starters, we figure out where your key players were during the attack on olivia jerome. Right.So brick was out of town. Frank, he was with you? Yeah, yeah. What about dex? Dex is not the guy. Alright, look, I know you trust him and everything. That’s not what I said. I said dex is not the guy. Okay, how do you know? I appreciate what you’re trying to do, but you know what? I got it going. Okay. Sure. So, look, if we pinpoint where your people were, then we can figure out who wasn’t where they were supposed to be. You know what I mean? You think I don’t know how to run my organization? Whoa, whoa. I think I’m actually trying to help you right now. I’ve heard that before.

thatyou might be on edge with everything that’s going on, but this feels like something else, something you’re not telling me. Why don’t you talk to me? It’s my problem. Well… [ Sighs ] What affects you affects me, okay? I haven’t figured out the id of the shooter. But I did sniff out a rat. I got rid of dex. Dex? Why? What — he wasn’t working for me. He was working for your brother… my son. What are you talking about? I don’t understand. Michael hired dex, planted him in my organization to get evidence against me… so he can send me to prison. You never liked me.

[ Chuckles ] None of this is personal, nina. Oh, please. I turned in your friend carly in to the sec… lied to your boss. You’re probably doing everything you can not to gloat right now. I’ve had many triumphs in my long career, nina. Your failed marriage to sonny doesn’t even rate. You know, it’s really sad, diane, that when you consider your accomplishments, it’s only in the context of your career. A profession is not a life. Ohh. You’re concerned about me. That’s so sweet, nina. You want to play? I have a few minutes. We can play. You know nothing about me, nina. However, I know boatloads about you. I know, for instance, that you’re an heiress and you have benefited your entire life from the sort of soft landings that kind of money provides. So when you committed — oh, we’ll just pick a random case from our files — assault and kidnapping, you did a three-month stint in a luxury mental facility and then walked out free as a bird. Let’s fast-forward to nixon falls, where sonny is living and has no idea who he is, but you know. And you took advantage, just as you took advantage of the strain between sonny and carly after sonny came back to port charles to break them up. Catch sonny on the rebound. You set yourself up as the embodiment of sweetness and light, but thank god — finally, sonny has come to his senses. But don’t worry. You still have all that inheritance money. You’ll have a soft landing — again. So you’re coming after me. That’s what this is. I think I’ll keep you guessing. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have lunch with a female friend of mine. Robert. I’m trying to be as optimistic as laura was when I say I hope you’re not taking your loathing of me out on my daughter. I think the word you’re looking for is “gracious.” I have so much sympathy for charlotte and everything she’s been through. She shouldn’t be behind bars. You, on the other hand… should. I hated giving up on my own investigation. Stakes are high on this one, and I did not like the idea of you out there digging on your own. I’m glad to hear the fbi’s involved now and that you haven’t gotten hurt in the process. Well, there was a sticky situation in a motel room with a dealer who sold the sniper rifle, but I had anna as backup. This all sounds incredibly dangerous. Why don’t you just let the fbi handle this? Especially since neither of you are in law enforcement anymore. One of the perks of my current office is that I get to liaise with the pcpd. We all agree that what matters is stopping this guy. Right. And if you’d like, I can get the ball rolling on bringing you in as a consultant. With laura and me singing your praises, I don’t anticipate much pushback on that. Thanks, jordan. Uh… I’m gonna sit this one out. I have work to do, commissioner. Please respect that. And me. I’m not trying to strong-arm you at all. I’m asking you to use your powers of persuasion and influence to gain the confidence of a certain person at pentonville who has valuable information that could just stop this killing spree. Gain their confidence by deception. I — that’s not my way. People come to me who are scared and vulnerable. Yeah, you know who else is scared and vulnerable, is the next person who believes that they’re a target. And you may not like them. I may not like them. But I don’t think either one of us are in a position to judge whether they should live or die! They need our help. A-and I’m not talking about an offering of thoughts and prayers from “searching with cyrus.” So you, uh — you’ve heard my radio broadcast. I have. You have a unique way of communicating. I might go so far as to say… you’re quite gifted in your ability to persuade and instruct. You could be a real asset to us in trying to gain this intel. I…am sorry, commissioner, but aside from everything else, I don’t work with cops. Even for a good cause? I have only your word for that. What about my word?

Jordan, I appreciate the opportunity, but right now I am focused on my family and my recovery. I understand, and I respect your decision. You would have been an asset to the investigation. Did you turn up anything on your own? Sonny: Pikeman is in bed with the wsb. Former wsb agents work for pikeman, and then pikeman personnel work for the bureau. Another connection to anna. Pikeman has made overtures to me. I take it you didn’t accept those overtures. Let’s just say it did not live up to pikeman’s satisfaction. So pikeman may have a reason to come gunning for you. Anything’s possible. Uh, nothing comes to mind. Like I said, jordan, uh, my priority is, um, getting back on my feet so I can be fully present for my family. I’m certain you will. You’ve got this, curtis. And thanks for the tea, portia. Of course! And take care of yourself, jordan. You know, you and anna make a pretty formidable pair. You be careful out there, ash. Anna and I are working on a tactic. Even if it is a little dicey. How so? It…requires help from cyrus renault. Calling in the big guns, huh, commissioner? Hello, sister. Why would you balk at stopping more killing? If you can excuse me, I-I have some calls to make. Laura: Mm-hmm. Anna thought you might need a little more encouragement. I have to say, I’m really disappointed that she was right. Oh, come on, sister. Y-you know how I feel about law enforcement. And how law enforcement feels about you? You know, this isn’t about personal or professional animus. This is about stopping an assassin who’s working an agenda we haven’t even uncovered yet. This is important. This person must be stopped. And you’re really this wound up about saving mob bosses? You know, you claim that the most important thing in your life right now is helping your fellow man. What if it is another mob boss? You used to be one not that long ago, right? You tell me that you’ve turned over a new leaf now. I really want to believe that. Here’s your chance to prove it to me. Dex was working for michael the whole time? Are you kidding me? It started out that way. Then carly got involved and changed course. But no one decided to notify me. So, here’s what happened, dante. Carly and michael hired dex to protect me.

[ Chuckles ] Like I’m a child. And then he reports back to them if he thinks I’m in trouble.

[ Scoffs ] Well, I get now why you’re pissed off. You relied on dex. And trust michael. I’m not gonna make that mistake again. Okay, but you’re saying that michael had a change of heart, and then he hired dex to look out for you. Too little, too late. Is it? My son… tried to take me down from the inside. He didn’t just say he was gonna do it. He was actually trying to do it! So just because michael changes his mind, I’m supposed to forgive and forget? No, but I do remember back then michael felt betrayed by you. Right?

[ Scoffs ] And he came around and opted to protect you. Do you really want to write off your son who, in the end, was looking out for you? You need people, dad, people close to you, who care about you. And it doesn’t really matter how they got there. You know what? That’s what — that’s what michael said. But hey. Look. I ca– there’s no room in my life for anybody I can’t trust. You wouldn’t be so callous, diane, if you could at all relate to what I stand to lose.

[ Scoffs ] I shall await word from your attorney. Perfect timing. Shall we? No. What’s up? Sorry. Can we get out of here? Happily. Diane miller just hand-delivered divorce papers from sonny. He’s a greater fool than I thought he was. Diane and robert are infuriating, aren’t they? Reveling in the misery of others. It’s bad karma. May they have a lot of it. I’ll toast to that.

[ Cellphone rings ] Hi. Just was about to call you. Any word? Yeah. None of it good. Damn it. That’s what I was afraid of. Are you, uh, having second thoughts about joining the investigation? No, I am clear on my role. I’m a husband and father first. I’m so glad. I know how much all of this means to you, so for you to make that sacrifice… anna and jordan, they’re gonna, you know, figure out who’s responsible for these shootings, and they’re gonna wrap it up and they’re gonna catch them so no one else has to endure what we’ve had to endure. Or worse. Yeah. I hope so. Yeah. I have to make a call. Oh. Sure. Um, I’ll start dinner.

[ Chuckles ] Uh, portia. Honey, can I just say that, um… I’ve never felt closer to you than I have these past few days. Babe, I feel the same way. So that’s why I feel like I have to be completely honest with you. Okay. I have to warn someone who may be the shooter’s next target. Warn who? Selina wu. Why would you need to warn her? I’d do it as a courtesy. Because… because we used to be in business together.

I’m sorry. How you feeling? Miserable. I’ve waited patiently for months and months. I gave sonny a lot of space. And the first conversation that I’ve had, real conversation about my marriage, was with sonny’s lawyer telling me it was over. You know, I don’t want to talk about it anymore, okay? Tell me what happened with charlotte. What did robert scorpio have to say? Well, he’s not pressing for jail time, but he wants her to serve a thousand hours of community service. A thousand hours. And three years of probation. That’s absurd! Right? Lucky laura was there. Kept me from blowing up. Would have made things worse. Tell charlotte I love her. I-I’ll call her. And she’s gonna be okay. She has you. She has me. And I will be there for her. She just has to call, whenever. I’m so grateful that she still has you in her life. And for what it’s worth, I’m, um — I’m sorry you’re being treated so poorly. I mean, sonny serving you with the divorce papers without any warning — that’s a new low. Well, he probably has a lot going on right now. Maybe he just needs a little reminding. Don’t make excuses for that guy! I think it’s high time that you came to terms with the fact that your soon-to-be ex-husband is not the man that you fell in love with. -Bye. -Okay, okay, okay, okay. It’s your life. Hey! You want sonny to change his mind? How you gonna do that? I have to get his attention first. I get that this isn’t easy. First you lose nina. Then spencer. And now it’s dex and michael. That — that’s a lot of loss you’ve had. D-different situation for all of them. Yeah, but it’s the same in the sense that these people were all close to you. Obviously not that close. Where’s dex now? He’s not a problem. Okay, well, I can’t obviously just leave that at that, can I? He’s alive. But we both agreed that… that it’s best for him to leave town. I’m telling you the truth. You don’t trust me? I trust you. You trust me? If anyone can get through to cyrus, it’s laura. Yeah, but she has her work cut out for her. He’s being very resistant. Well, not to pile on any more bad news, but curtis opted not to consult in the investigation. He wants to make a fresh start. Portia: Wow.

[ Scoffs ] For a little while there, I received a cut of selina wu’s profits from the poker games in the savoy’s back room. Is that why that woman came over here, to our home, with a basket of fruit? That’s why she wanted to buy the club, right? Did marshall know about this, too? Yeah. He figured it out. Dad’s no fool with these kind of things. No. No, no, no. He’s not a fool. But, clearly, I’m the fool. Honey, I wanted to keep the family safe, okay? Now, selina wu respected that until she showed up here. And she crossed the line. You think? That’s what these people do!

[ Sighs ] You have every right to be angry at me. I should have never. I should have just told you about my business with selina. No, no, no. I’m not angry. This isn’t about anger. Curtis, I’m terrified. Diane: Of course, this is precisely why I told sonny that I don’t want to serve the papers. I don’t need this aggravation. I have a room-service menu here somewhere. And — and then for nina to imply that I am some sort of soulless, cold-hearted automaton with no personal life who only gets my blood up for a fight in court! Well, they do call you “killer miller.” Hey. There is nothing wrong with being good at your job. Well, there’s no argument there. I’m good at other things, too. Yeah? Not cold, either.

[ Chuckles ] Look. If it’s any consolation… oh. …Valentin accused me today of personal animus in the professional handling of his daughter. You want to do it? You want me to do it? Yeah.

[ Chuckles ] Look. Valentin is a pompous ass. Mm-hmm. You are the soul of integrity. You’re the consummate professional, but… you’re also quite the softie. See? Every guy likes to hear that. Mm-hmm. You’re very tough when it counts, but you’re also soft when it counts. Let me tell you where it doesn’t count. Where? It doesn’t count what nina and valentin think about us. Wholeheartedly agree. You know what does count? Hm? What i think of you, D.A. Scorpio. Do enlighten. Okay.

Mm. I think I now know the secret of your success. Jedi mind tricks? Apart from other things.

[ Laughs ] You take rational human beings… mm-hmm. …And you make them forget themselves. Hm! See? I almost forgot the lunch. There. Wha– I am gonna call downstairs and have them send up another menu. Hm. I am famished. Yes. Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Well, me too. I have quite the appetite. Mm. Mm. Well… hm? Enlighten me.

[ Laughs ] Okay. Um… look, dad, I know I ought to be the last person you trust, but… I feel like I’ve proven myself over the years. Of course. I trust you. And I know that agent cates didn’t show up in my office the other day because he was concerned about my well-being. He was encouraged. By you or anna. Yeah, because we got your back. You’re in the minority. You have more allies than you think you have. Okay? Misguided actions don’t necessarily mean bad intentions. Alright? Lies and loyalty don’t mix. I’m not gonna tell you who to trust, dad. I don’t know who you should or shouldn’t trust, really. But… these are dangerous times. Okay? And I want you to consider that help can come… from some pretty unexpected corners. Oh, good. You’re still here. Yeah. I’m not leaving until you hear me out. I’m trying to save lives here. You know something? I listened to your whole radio show the other day. And you almost had me believing you.

[ Chuckles ] Everything I said in that broadcast was the gospel truth. You value the lives of others. As our lord commands. And what about the lives of your former rivals — like sonny corinthos? You’re asking too much of me. I’m sorry to interrupt. I think it was a mistake to come to my brother. I’m just supposed to forget that he beat me to a pulp, put me in the hospital?! Where’s the concern for me?! I was concerned. I was very concerned, as a matter of fact. But that was at that time when — when ace disappeared and we didn’t know where esme went. Oh, come — and then the — spencer — I — I’m s– I-I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. I… the good book tells us that, uh, not even sparrows are forgotten by god. So if our heavenly father can protect those that he overlooks, I… so can I. I-I will try to live up to your faith in me, sister. Thank you. What do you need me to do, commissioner devane? Okay. Let’s sit down. Alright? Cyrus? So, this all starts with your ministry at pentonville. We want you to reach out to a certain inmate there. Ther e are no more card gamesin the back room at the savoy. Okay? My business with selina wu is over. Why do you feel so compelled to warn her? Seems like the right thing to do. Why? I-I don’t get this. Why are you so intent on helping her?! She tried to steal your club from you! She tried to take the savoy away from you! She wasn’t trying to help you! She was trying to swoop in when you were most vulnerable. I know what she was trying to do, but she didn’t, did she? Because dad and sonny fended her off. I even managed to part ways with selina wu amicably, and I intend to keep it that way. Well, right now I’m a little less worried about selina wu, and I’m more worried about the shooter who is targeting her. Maybe now — maybe now they’re targeting you. Me? Mine was an accident. An assassin was trying to kill a mob boss, and now you’re just telling me that you’re in league with another mob boss. Yeah, you just told me that sonny is the one who helped you with selina wu. That’s a lot of organized crime going on. I-I don’t get it. Babe. Honey. You don’t have to worry. I’m out. I’m out. Worry? Yeah, I’m worried. A-and I — and I honestly can’t believe that you’re not. Curtis, all we’ve been doing here is fighting, right? We’ve been fighting for our marriage — again. We’ve been fighting for this perfect life together, and we say that we’re gonna make everything work and be stronger than ever, right? How are we gonna do that if you’re collateral damage again? How do we even know that you’re not already one of the names on the hitman’s list? Before you go about getting sonny’s attention, let’s set some ground rules because you’re too classy to grovel. Grovel? You should know me better than that. Well, I thought I did, but then you went and fell in love with a gangster. Oh, well, it was a very confusing time when I fell in love with sonny — mike or whatever. It’s the only thing that made sense. Sometimes I think we would have been better off if we just stayed in nixon falls. Maybe we’d still be together. Well, nixon falls isn’t reality. Mike wasn’t reality. Sonny — that’s reality. Have you come to terms with that? I know who I married, valentin. Okay. Can’t believe I’m gonna say this. You want to stay married? This is how you stay married. What do you mean? Sometimes the best way to get what you want is by not giving someone what they want. The only thing sonny wants from me right now is a quick divorce. So don’t give it to him. That’ll get his attention. Give what I said some thought. Okay? Please? Appreciate your input, but I’m gonna handle this myself. Yeah, I’m — I’m — I’m sure you’ve got something you’re cooking up. You know how much I love to cook. Uh… here’s the thing. There’s a — there’s a special place in hell for those people who put my family in danger. And I’m gonna send them there.

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Dex, it’s carly. Are you there? I’m looking for josslyn.

[ Sighs ] Dex! The deception feature is huge! And it looks terrific. Would you say that we got maximum exposure at a bargain rate? I would, grandmother, say just that. Your negotiating skills were awe-inspiring. Thank you.

[ Laughs ] So, you got credit, carly had a great first issue, deception had huge exposure. I-I mean, everybody wins. E-except nina. Did I tell you that we would be able to run this company with or without maxie? Let’s not even go there, okay? Ladies, have I got a surprise for you.

[ Sighs ] Hey.

[ Elevator bell dings ] Well, hello there, stranger. So nice to see — marshall, are you in there? Oh, stella, I’m so sorry. Ah. I got kind of caught up in my head there for a minute. Are you okay? Yeah. Yeah. I’m, uh, perfectly fine. Physically. I just came from my psychiatrist. Oh. How did it go? I was prepared for bad news. I know how to deal with bad news. But… but what? I got good news. And I have no idea how to handle it. Gregory: “Notorious criminal is shot while being transferred from pentonville.” “Notorious” doesn’t even scratch the surface of who olivia jerome was. Mm. But it is technically correct. The headline does lean in the direction of the more lurid, but it doesn’t tip over into it. Thanks. It says she didn’t see her death coming. That’s unfortunate. It’s a mercy she didn’t deserve. Wow. Anyway, it doesn’t matter what I think. If I can get readers who need some sort of sparkling headline to actually read this article, they’re gonna read something that really matters, right? About gun control, about rising violence, about prison reform. Yes? Well, from what I read, you’ve got the catalyst you’re looking for. She usually does. There’s no one better at turning a headline into a cause than my cousin. Come on, dex! Open the door! He’s gone.

[ Door closes ] Trina. Hey. How was physical therapy? Was everyone blown away by you? It was okay. Well, you’re improving every single session. Everyone can see that. Mom and I are amazed by how far you’ve come. Thanks for the encouragement. So we’re gonna throw you the biggest party this zip code has ever seen once you’re up on your feet.

[ Chuckles ] Walking over to you and your mom for a hug will be all the celebration I need. There’s no need to worry about a party. Well, okay. I guess I should go cancel the caterers then. Trina. You don’t have to hide from me. And you don’t have to run away from what you feel. People don’t usually need my help in dealing with good news, so I don’t have much experience in that area, but let’s give it a shot anyway. You know, my psychiatrist has been weaning me off my meds. Yeah, for a few months now, right? That’s right. And in all this time, there’s been no episodes, no — no seeing things, no hearing voices. No I-indications of schizophrenia? It confirms what portia first suspected and all this testing and observation seem to bear out. Back in the day, you were misdiagnosed. Yes, ma’am.

[ Sighs ] Well, I guess there’s no sense in railing at the past. It’s not gonna hear us anyway. It’s not like I can track the doctor down and, what, what, beat him up? Sue? I’m not sure it would do any good if you could. Look, so, instead, why don’t we just thank the good lord that that sword that’s been hanging over your head for 40 years is finally gone. You, marshall ashford, are finally free! That’s the thing. I don’t feel free. When I got here, uh, it was too late. Too late how? Dex was already gone. But, uh, sonny was here, and he gave me this as a consolation prize.

[ Dog tags clatter ] So, dex left on his own? Well, it’s not like he had much of a choice. But sonny didn’t hurt him. Not according to sonny. What did dex’s letter say?

[ Voice breaking ] It said that he left because it was safer for everybody and that he loved me and he was grateful for the time that we had together. Oh, baby, I’m so sorry. No. Dex was right. He said this was gonna happen. I mean, sonny had to send him away. He was too much of a liability. Whether it was the cops or sonny’s enemies, they were gonna come for him. He knew — he knows way too much about the organization. He does, josslyn. He’s right. So, what am I supposed to do? I’m supposed to be grateful that sonny sent him away instead of having him killed? Assuming that’s what happened, assuming sonny didn’t make him write this letter, then kill him anyway. Now, come on. Sonny wouldn’t do that. Are you sure? ‘Cause I didn’t think sonny would leave you. I didn’t think he would turn on michael. I didn’t think that he would treat someone who saved his life like a traitor. But he did all that. He did all of that and more. So before you sit here and tell me that dex is somewhere safe, please ask yourself, would you bet your life on it? Because dex just did. I’m sorry. I’m — I’m interrupting? Of course you are, but I’m always happy to have you interrupt me. It actually got me off my soapbox, too, so… I thought you were just hitting your stride. She was, and, in fact, we were just in the middle of — running a newspaper. Yeah, I understand. By the way, you two should be taking a victory lap for the invader’s restraint, telling a story that, in lesser hands, would have become a sensationalistic tale of a vicious criminal brought down in a manner even more grisly than she herself employed. Well, thank you for saying that. And I don’t think that’s why you dropped by. Well, no, not entirely. I’m guessing that shawn butler has not talked to you yet. I just — I just got an e-mail from him, but I haven’t had time to respond to it yet. How’d you know he was trying to reach me? Well, he and i have just completed a rather substantial business arrangement, and he was supposed to tell you. Oh. What kind of business? I bought the invader.

I’m not hiding anything. I’m fine. Okay. Okay. I’ll have to take you at your word, but I just want you to know if there’s ever a time that you’re not fine, you don’t have to pretend that you are. Do you think that’s true? Deep down true? What do you mean?

[ Sighs ] Sometimes people ask you if you’re okay, and you can see that — that they’re desperately hoping that you’ll say, “I’m okay.” That way they can say that they checked in and saw how you were doing. But god forbid you tell them the truth or — or give them a hint that things are not so great, and, boy, do they get uncomfortable. Yeah, I know. Then they start glancing at their watch or checking their phone and, what do you know? They got a message, and then all of a sudden they got to go somewhere, anywhere. Yeah. Right? And not too long ago, you know, you were laughing, having drinks, putting something on the grill, no problem. And now it’s like they don’t know what to say or how to handle you. Yeah. I know a little bit of what that’s like. But, honey, that’s not how it goes here. And not with me. I do know that. But I’m afraid to let everything I’m feeling come out. Now, why is that? Because I feel like if I do, I’ll fall apart. And I’ll never be able to put myself back together again. You’re joking, right? I mean, you’ve never expressed any interest in the invader, let alone buying it. Uh, I know that this comes as a bit of a shock, given my lack of experience with publishing or the media, but you stepped out of the law and became an editor. Look how well that turned out. Are you okay, alexis? I will be once I call shawn. Alexis, I know that you have a long history with shawn. You should make that call. But just so you know, I did make a substantial offer above market for the invader, and he took it. Shawn doesn’t chase money. That’s not his thing. His thing is political and social issues. And his nonprofit organization, which not only funds the invader, but underwrites various media outlets around the world. And with this infusion of cash, it will bolster his nonprofit and expand its reach. And you’re doing this out of the goodness of your heart? No, not entirely. My heart’s not that good. But the invader’s business possibilities are. I didn’t get into this to print money. If I had, we’d still be telling stories about ufos and celebrity diets. I know that, and i respect your incorruptibility. Well, if you’ve come here to take away my editorial control or put a corporate slant on things, I can save you the trouble for making a really difficult call because I quit. “It is with great joy that, together with their families, brook lynn quartermaine –” that’s you, sweetie — “and harrison chase invite you and a guest to the celebration of their wedding.” Doesn’t that just get you right where you live? They’re just perfect, ma. Aren’t they, granny? Mm-hmm. Chase and brook lynn, they are my business. And their wedding needs to be perfect, tracy. So no more petty fighting with lois and olivia about the reception. No more arguing with ned about anything, really. All that matters is that those two beautiful souls belong together and we all do everything we can to help make that happen. Do we understand each other? We do. Brook lynn: They’re just perfect. Far from it. I know who sonny is and I know what he’s capable of. And he just doesn’t want to admit the fact that he was vulnerable and the fact that he actually owes dex. I do not believe that sonny had dex killed. He let him live, and he did that for you. Sonny doesn’t get to play god with our lives just because the rest of you let him do it with yours. I will not let him keep me and dex apart. I won’t do it. I have been here all night looking for something, just looking for an address, a phone number, something from dex’s life before he came to port charles, something that will help me find him. He did two tours in afghanistan, and he came back. So he can’t be gone now.

That fear — I get it. You feel like if you give it an inch, it’ll take all of you. But, honey, that pain you’re feeling, that hurt — it can’t be contained forever. I mean, you can — you can try to hide it, you can lock it deep inside you, but it’s still there. And it ain’t getting any smaller. What it will do, it’ll turn toxic. And — and — and all that toxic grief will seep out, honey. And eventually, it’ll get to your heart. And it’ll make it harder. And that magical light inside you will dim. And that’s not gonna happen. Not to you, trina. But I just don’t know what to do with everything that I’m feeling. Share it. Let it out. I did, and it broke me to pieces.

[ Sighs ] But I was surrounded by family. My family fixed me. Your mom, aunt stella, my dad, tj, you. You all put me back together. When I had no strength, you all gave me yours. And you, too, trina. You are surrounded by family and love. So let it out. Fall apart if you have to. That’s it. No matter what, honey, we will catch you every single time. I’m not sure I understand. It’s this misdiagnosis. Ever since portia told me my test results didn’t show the genetic markers for schizophrenia, I-I-I’ve been wrestling with this in my head. And now that I’ve been weaned off my meds and there hasn’t been any reoccurrence of symptoms, it’s no longer a question mark in the back of my mind. It’s a fact. It’s real. I was misdiagnosed. But I hope you’re not blaming yourself for believing what that doctor said all those years ago. It’s hard not to. Stella, I got — I got one diagnosis, and I didn’t question it! Nobody did! Doctors were gods back then. What they said was the final word. I got one question. One question. If what I was experiencing wasn’t schizophrenia, then what the hell was it? And what if it happens again? I have to stop because every second I spend crying puts more miles between me and dex. Josslyn, I know you’re hurt. And I know you’re angry with sonny. But dex is alive, and it could have gone differently. Well, the only reason they didn’t is because of you. So I have you to thank, not sonny. Well, it’s least that I owed dex. But he was working for me. So some of your anger should be aimed at me. Well, I also know that dex was always gonna protect sonny. No matter how many times I warned him otherwise, he still believed in sonny. Just like you. How? Why, when he’s been so awful? Don’t say “because of donna.” But it is about donna. Because donna loves her father every bit as much as you love yours. It’s a really, um, difficult question to answer, and you’re probably not gonna understand. And that’s okay. Sonny and i have a history. And I know that he’s flawed. I know him better than anyone. And, yeah, he’s hurt me and he’s disappointed me. But I have hurt him and I have disappointed him. It’s not the same. Let me tell you something. There have been people in my life who wouldn’t quit on me, no matter how bad I messed up, so I don’t quit on sonny, even when I don’t agree with him and even when he’s wrong. Well, sonny doesn’t deserve your loyalty. Or dex’S. Alexis, I admire your journalistic integrity. And of course I want to make money because the invader is a business, it’s not a hobby. But you have been solidly in the black since taking over, so I see no reason to change your approach. It’s highly unusual for a new owner to want to just leave things as is. Typically, they want to tinker or, you know, fine-tune. Alexis, maybe you should hear the man out before you make any decisions, journalistically or otherwise. Fine. Please continue. You are the editor. I have no interest or desire to interfere or tinker with your work. That’s a relief. The invader is your baby, and I intend to keep it that way. Good. And maybe we can even work together sometime. Within those parameters. See? That’s great. That’s the spirit. But, uh, with shawn gone, you’re gonna need a publisher, someone with vision, someone with prior experience. Of course. Of course. Do you have somebody in mind? I hope I’m not late.

Are you seeing what I’m seeing? I can almost guarantee that I am not. Oh, wait. Let me see. “It is with great joy that, together with their families, brook lynn quartermaine –” you — “and harrison chase invite you to the celebration of their wedding.” Oh. Exactly. Mm-hmm. Even yuri rates a plus one. Well, what is that supposed to mean, “even yuri”? I happen to find yuri very handsome and charming. And that accent is to die for. Yeah, and he is — he is free to attend the wedding with the companion of his choice. Which I would be if there was an “and a guest,” which there is not. And I can only assume that it’s your subtle way of implying that I am not going to be able to find someone to take to the wedding. Oh, okay, alright. Well, I had nothing to do with that. But if I did have something to say about your love life or the dating apps that you should be on, I wouldn’t be that subtle. I think we can all agree on that. Mm. There is nothing subtle about removing “and a guest” from my invitation. And do not try to tell me that this is just a coincidence because years ago I thought that you were not good enough for my son. And now, all these years later, you don’t think I’m good enough for anybody. Good enough? Sure. Nice enough? Well, that depends upon the day you’re having. Well, rest assured, there are plenty of people all over the globe that would be thrilled to be my guest. And I would warmly welcome any one of those lucky winners that you want to bring. Sure, you say that now.

[ Scoffs ] No one is trying to slight you, grandmother. It was a misprint. What? The “and a guest” was accidentally dropped from your invitation. Look, see for yourself. This is the master list we sent to the printer. See? So bring whoever you want, tracy. Fire the printer. I’m not firing anyone. It was an honest mistake, okay? And listen, you know, you can bring someone. You can bring a boatload of someones, whatever. Just let me know so I can make sure that there are enough chairs. But just between us girls — and you know you can tell me — who’s the lucky guy? Come on. Nina: Did you tell her? I was just about to, but your entrance kind of speaks for itself. You okay? Hell no. Gregory, you know nina reeves, the former editor of crimson magazine. Yeah, nina may have been editor — it’s okay, valentin. Alexis, if you’re thinking that I accepted valentin’s offer with the intention of pushing you out as editor in chief and taking over, then — did you? I like that. Getting straight to the point. Thank you for not beating around the bush for a half an hour. Did you? I was surprised as anyone when valentin proposed that I become publisher of the invader, and once the surprise wore off, I got really excited because I have watched what you have done here. You’ve taken this common tabloid newspaper and you turned it into a vehicle for serious journalism. Well, that was the point. That was what shawn butler and i agreed upon from the beginning. And I am so honored to be part of this team, and I will do anything that I can to help you hone your vision. I appreciate that very much. What I would like to know is why the person that I am now taking orders from got fired from her last job. I don’t think this feeling is ever going away. I hate it, but I don’t know how to make it stop. It’s like…

[ Sighs heavily ] It’s like, without spencer… all the color in the world is gone. It’s just gray. And I feel like I’m a zombie barely going through the motions and everything that I thought was important, like art or — or good grades or the sorbonne… I look at that now, and it’s like… none of that is important. And it’s not even that I don’t care. It’s like I-I don’t care that I don’t care. I hear you. Do you think that’ll go away with time? I’m not thinking anything. Just listening. And it’s —

[ Sighs ] I keep getting e-mails from pcu asking me to confirm if I’m coming back for the fall semester, and I don’t — I-I just — I don’t know if I can do that. So don’T. Don’t do it. But what if I never can? You don’t need to remind me that sonny often hurts the people he cares about and then rationalize it by saying he’s following some code. I know, josslyn. I’ve watched him do it for years. Hell, I’ve watched him do it to me. But I knew what I was getting into when I chose to be a part of sonny’s world, and so did dex. So, this “code” just justifies everything that sonny’s done? No, honey. It explains it. It’s his world. It’s how he operates. It’s what he’s done for years. Hell, by now, it’s a part of his dna. Is loyalty a part of this code? Seriously, mom. Why is it that everybody, dex included, has to be blindly loyal to sonny, but he doesn’t have to be loyal to them? Dex is not stupid or naive. He’s ex-military. Adapting to situations is what he does. He’s lucky that he was dealing with sonny, and he’s even luckier that he had you. No. I’m a part of the reason why he’s in this mess. You’re not. You —

[ Sighs ] You are the only reason that he’s probably still alive, okay? You and the fact that sonny loves you. Oh, don’t! He does. Or dex wouldn’t have gotten the option to leave. Well, I don’t want sonny’s kind of love. I just want dex back. So can you please help me find him? Port charles is the only true home he’s ever known. Okay [Sighs] Josslyn, before you take off and blow up your life trying to find dex, you need to ask yourself a very important question. What, what if I don’t find him? What if you do?

I can’t imagine going back to campus in the fall a-and doing things that normal people do in college, not after losing spencer. And I’d just be pretending. And I don’t even have enough energy to pull that off. I don’t even bother trying. Well, it’s clearly one of those times where “fake it till you make it” doesn’t apply. If you’re not feeling college, then don’t go. Okay, well, try telling that to mom. Yeah, that’s gonna take some time, but she’ll get there. Look, no matter how old, how independent or self-sufficient you become, you’re always going to be your mother’s child. And your mom wants what every parent in the world wants, and that’s for you to be happy. I don’t think I can ever be happy again. Well, do you have an idea about what it would take for you to be happy again? A miracle. Barring that? I just need… I just need to find a way to keep spencer present in my life ’cause I feel like I’m losing a little bit of him every day. And what if one day the only thing left I have of him… …is this? I wasted half my life because some doctor thought he knew what was wrong with me. But doctors know more today than they knew back then. But I may never know what happened to me. And I have a hard time letting go of that one.

[ Sighs ] I think you can be forgiven for that. What happened to you back then was a mystery, and people need a mystery solved. And as much as I want answers, I’m not sure I can afford to spend the limited time I have on this here earth trying to find them. Is it fair to my family? Is it fair to the people I care about? Only you can answer that. Oh, I know exactly what I’m gonna say to dex when I find him. I’m gonna say, “to hell with sonny. You’re coming back home with me.” Okay, I don’t doubt that you have what it takes to find dex. But dex isn’t in sonny’s world anymore. He’s not under his thumb. Isn’t that what you’ve always wanted? Let dex start a new life. Hey, nina’s exit from

crimson had nothing — it’s okay, valentin. Alexis asked a very valid question, and she deserves a response. I try to keep my personal and professional worlds apart. Drew chose to merge the two. He put carly in place as editor in chief solely to get back at me. So if anyone put crimson and its staff at risk, you should be looking in carly and drew’s direction, not mine. Mm. Well, thank you for being so forthright. And I’ll always be like that. Any more questions? Not at the moment. I know my exit from crimson — it was a little dramatic, right? And the whole drama between me and carly and drew — it’s a little scandalous, but a little scandal does not need to get in the way of serious journalism. Ask woodward and bernstein. I know it might not be my place to point this out, but woodward and bernstein investigated and reported on a scandal. They weren’t a part of the scandal itself. I know that I have not run a daily before, but I have years of experience in publishing — perhaps a little bit more than you, alexis. That’s true. And I know how this industry works. I can get things done, and I am prepared to make this work. Are you?

[ Sighs ]

Well, I wish I had something different to say, honey, but my advice is the same. If you want to keep spencer present, then share your memories of him. Tell your mom. Tell josslyn. Tell me. But even you’ll get tired of that. Try me. And you can start with that figurine. Why is it so special? You brought your turtle dove with you? Well, yeah. There might be weekends where you’re gonna be back home and I’ll be here and… it’ll be like if we’re still together. That’s what this thing is for, isn’t it?

[ Chuckles ] Yeah. Yeah, it sure is. That’s pretty cute. Aww, you have yours with you. Yeah, I, um — I take this with me everywhere I go. It’s — it’s a turtle dove. There’s two of them — like in the christmas carol.

Two turtle doves um…spencer… spencer originally wanted to give this to me for christmas, but so much happened, and, um, he gave it to me months later. But I didn’t care about the delay. I loved them. Like I loved him.

[ Sighs ] I guess I’m just gonna have to learn to live with the fact that I — I may never know what was wrong with me. Better than the alternative.

[ Both laugh ] How you doing now? Better. Better than I have in years. The symptoms haven’t shown any signs of returning and the stress of — of waiting for it to happen again — I didn’t know how much it was weighing on me until… it’s gone. You have been carrying a heavy burden for a long time. Are you ready to put it down? The past is the past. Let’s focus on today the way that I’ve been focused on yesterday. Besides, I hear today is where the good stuff is anyway. Are you sure about this? What other choice is there? How can somebody take a look at me and diagnose a condition I had 40 years ago that hasn’t reared its ugly head since? I got to let it go. You can’t stop a man with a plan. Skiddlee-dee-bop, sha-bop, sha-bam.

[ Both laugh ] Not this man, not this plan. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you listening to me. I appreciate you more than you know. It’s what I do. It’s a lot more than that. Thank you. Felicia. I-it’s — it’s stella, yes. I was wondering if I could trouble you with something. At the moment, there is no one in particular that I want to take to the wedding. Do you want me to introduce you to someone? Oh! Or I can help you set up your dating profile for the apps. I really don’T. I, uh — I’m actually quite content being single. I’m talking about someone pleasant for the wedding. You know, someone who’ll open the door for you or take your coat for you or give you a little dip on the dance floor in the middle of the reception. Pass. But thank you, though. “Tracy quartermaine and a guest.” Better? Much.

[ Sighs ] Hey. Come here. I can see it in your eyes. You’re worried about your grandmother. Don’t be. Tracy doesn’t need anyone but tracy. I’m not so sure about that, ma. For all granny’s bravado, there’s a loneliness inside her. It’s been there ever since she lost luke. I don’t know. Maybe this wedding will be a way for her to be a little less lonely. Yeah.

[ Laughs ] I knew you’d make the right decision. It’s for the best of the invader. Well, it’s what we all want. Yes. Well, we are going to take off because you have a lot of work to do. Yes, I have plenty of work to do, familiarizing myself with the operation. Well, you know I’m just a phone call away, and I will do everything I can to make this arrangement work. Well, that makes it unanimous.

[ Chuckling ] Okay. Okay.

[ Door closes ] I know what you’re thinking, so just go ahead and say it.

[ Sighs ] I’m thinking that you’re taking a risk, but you already know that. Of course I know that. I can see what’s going on. I’m not ready to leave the invader, and I want to see what those two are planning. Thank you for having my back. Yeah, of course. But make no mistake. I’m expecting great things from you and alexis. That is, if you meant what you were saying in there. Oh, I meant every word. I mean, the invader can be a bit self-righteous, but alexis does a great job. She does a great job. But the newspaper could use a little… sexing up. How do you intend to do that? Oh, that’s simple. You just focus on the stories that the readers are hungry for. Such as? Such as… carly and drew. I can’t let dex go. I’m sorry. He just means too much to me. So…I’m gonna find him. And if he doesn’t want to come back to port charles, then we’ll go somewhere else together.

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Interview with Jon Lindstrom

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Interview with Jon Lindstrom of “General Hospital” on ABC by Suzanne 2/15/24

It was great to interview veteran actor Jon Lindstrom, who has his first novel, “Hollywood Hustle” out for only 10 days, and it’s already a best seller on USA Today’s Booklist! He’s most known for playing Kevin Collins, and his evil twin Ryan Chamberlain, on “General Hospital” since 1992 (off and on). He was on the soap “Santa Barbara” before that, and of course he also played Craig on “As The World Turns” (where he met his wife, Cady, who played Rosanna) and reprised his roles of Kevin and Ryan on “Port Charles,” the GH spinoff. He’s also been in quite a few films, and many primetime series, most notably “Bosch” on Prime Video and “True Detective” on HBO.

There are many more questions I could have asked him, but we were already on Zoom for a half an hour – I didn’t want to keep him longer. I felt that he was generous enough to speak to me as long as he did. I would have liked to have heard more about his working with Genie Francis (Laura); about playing Ryan; about working with Alley Mills (Heather); about those pitches he mentioned; about Cady; and more.  Buy his book here!  If you love detective novels, you should enjoy this one.  Of course, you can also watch him on “General Hospital” on ABC and HULU.


Suzanne: So, thanks for being here today.

Jon: It’s my pleasure to be here. Thanks for asking.

Suzanne: Are you feeling okay? I saw you had a cold….

Jon: Well, you can kind of hear it in my voice. I’m a little froggy, but I’m feeling better today than I did yesterday.

Suzanne: So, when did you, start writing your book and how long did it take you to finish it?

Jon: Oh boy, that’s kind of a loaded question. all in all, it took about four years, but I, I have to qualify that because I had written for about a year and was making good progress. And then all of a sudden the show I’m on being general hospital decided to bring back a dead twin. And suddenly I was working so hard I didn’t have time to write.

I was up every day at 530 to go to the studio and pull off double duty as Kevin and Ryan on GH. So I had to put it down for about a year. And then COVID hit and I was able to pick it up again for about six months. And then of course, the first shows to go back into production during COVID were soap operas.

Suzanne: Right.

Jon: I guess means we’re just a little bit expendable.

Suzanne: You did have strict COVID protocols and vaccine requirements, so..JOHN LINDSTROM GENERAL HOSPITAL – The Emmy-winning daytime drama “General Hospital” airs Monday-Friday (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. GH18 (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Jon: We had very strict COVID protocols. Yeah, we, we were a lot of masks. Daily testing, a lot of swabs in the nose. but. We picked up right where we left off. So I had to put the book down again, and that was probably another six months.

And then it took me another year or so through several drafts, working with editors and getting it into shape to actually submit. So all in all, the writing process took about two years, but the entire span was about four.

Suzanne: Okay. And did you have any difficulties getting it published?

Jon: Amazingly, no. I mean, I look at my experience, and my experience really was much easier than I think most people.

Now, of course, I do have a little bit of a platform, in terms of followers and, at Insta and Twitter, and I, I just can’t seem to call it but, excuse me, I, I, I did go to at the behest of an author who I had narrated because I have this little side hustle narrating audio books, which is great for me because I just, I love books. JOHN LINDSTROM GENERAL HOSPITAL – The Emmy-winning daytime drama “General Hospital” airs Monday-Friday (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. GH18 (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

But one of those authors was the great Alex Finlay he’s one of the best thriller writers, I’ve ever read. I wrote to him to thank him for. The inspiration to get me over that hump and start actually writing a book. And he wrote me right back within five minutes and we’ve since become good friends. but he told me flat out, John, if you’re serious about this, you have to go to the book conferences.

And being that you’re a crime writer, which falls under Thriller Mysteries, you need to go to Thriller Fest. Which is in New York every June. And it’s, it’s huge. Takes over the entire hotel, the Sheraton Hotel in New York City. And, so I went. And that’s where I actually pitched agents. About 12 of them.

Cause there’s a thing they’re called pitch fest. And I recommend anybody do this because there’s just something about sitting down in front of someone. And not only do they get a sense of you, you get a sense of who they are. And I met my agent there. I sat down with a woman named Liza Fleissig from the Liza Royce Agency.

And as soon as I sat down, I liked her. And I think she liked me because we sat and we talked for a few minutes before we even got to my pitch. And that’s who I eventually went with. And she was able to get a deal within a few months. And we had a few offers. Settled with Crooked Lane Books because they just Kind of totally got the book.

Suzanne: So it sounds more like what you do to pitch a series or a movie nowadays than the old time where you just sent in your manuscript.

Jon: Yeah, I, that’s where I had a bit of an advantage because I have pitched movies and TV show ideas and things. So I knew, I knew the basics of how to pitch. When they say five minutes, that means get it down to three because you need a couple of minutes for them to ask questions if they’re interested.

Suzanne: Sure.

Jon: I got my pitch down to one minute, 45 , . I, pardon me, I really wanted to be succinct and straightforward and really nail it. And, and fortunately that worked for me. I had, I pitched 12 agents. I had 12 or requests for the manuscript. So what made you wanna write a detective novel? Is that your favorite genre?

Yeah. Yeah. It’s just, one of my favorite writers was, was Elmore Leonard. I used to read his stuff all the time. and I, and I love the, the OGs of the genre, the Raymond Chandler’s, Dashiell Hammett’s, James Cain, those guys just invented something that’s very specific to Los Angeles.

About that darkness that that lurks underneath the sun and the palm trees and it’s a it’s a really to me. It’s just a really layered fascinating kind of. Setting for stories. So I’ve always loved it. So I just kind of, and right. But, I’ve been living most of my adult life here, except for a few years in New York.

I’ve been here in Los Angeles since I was 20.

Suzanne: Yeah.

Jon: And so I, I know it pretty well.

Suzanne: Oh, by the way, congratulations on getting on the USA Today bestseller list.

Jon: Thank you.

Suzanne: And also congratulations for being on General Hospital over 30 years. That’s amazing.

Jon: Going on 32…

Suzanne: Off and on, but still.

Jon: Yeah, Yeah. I, I go and I come back, but you know what, as long as they keep asking Right. , why not?

Suzanne: That’s right. Well, I, I been watching off and on since 84, mostly on, and so I remember when you started on the show, .

Jon: Wow. 84.

Suzanne: Yeah. I was in college.

Jon: So that’s when people get home.

Yeah. Yeah. If you don’t have grandma or mom watching, it’s college that doesn’t, it’s either college or I watched you with my grandma.

Suzanne: So, what are some other, favorite authors or influences on your writing that you haven’t mentioned yet?

Jon: Well, film noir, definitely. my, my favorite Saturday night now is to stay home and watch TCM. because it, You know, Eddie Muller and Noir Alley comes on every Saturday night. and he digs into a very deep library of, of film noir in that canon that, that was really unlike anything else that was ever made before or since.

You know, it was post war malaise. They were lower budget, so they often had to shoot at night when the rest of the studio was asleep. Wow. There was a lot of night shooting and a lot of use of light and shadow and, beautiful, uh Cinematography. So I, I just, I don’t know. There’s something about that genre where your main character is, is faced with a choice of Do it or don’t do it.

If I do it, whether it’s for love or lust or greed or whatever, even altruism. If I do this as a very good chance, it will end me.

Suzanne: Yeah.

Jon: And he does it anyway. So I, there’s something about having to make a choice like that, that I find very interesting.

Suzanne: And, you were in Bosch, one of my favorite shows. what about Michael Connolly? Did you read a lot of him?

Jon: Oh yeah, I was a big fan. I got turned on to Harry Bosch back in the 1980s, when he started writing them. And, so yeah, to get a season of Bosch as one of his bad guys, was, was, was a bit of a dream come true. And he’s a lovely man. He, he was on set all the time.

So sorry for this cold, but, he, he’s a, he’s a big guy, now I’m 6’1 and he’s, I gotta look up at him, he, but he was the crime writer for the L. A. Times for many years, and he, he’s another one who really gets this city, and really understands how to accurately portray crime here.

And how it gets just kind of somebody asked me the other night. We have our launch event at Book Soup up on Sunset Boulevard, and there was a woman there who I didn’t know, but she asked a really good question. She said, what’s the difference between L. A crime and New York crime? And I thought, wow, that’s, I never thought of that.

But when I, once I did, I remember being down in Soho and I lived in New York and I came out of a restaurant or something right across the street was an armored car that was waiting for the guys to come out and deliver the money. And I see him come out and this crowded street and the guy, has his hand on the handle of his sidearm.

And he looks both ways and looks all around and then signals the guy to come out and they quickly got into that car, that armored car and took off. and I thought that’s the difference. It’s like New York, it’s going to be in your face. If you’re going to hit that place, you’re going to hit it right in the middle of Soho on a Tuesday afternoon.

And it’s, it’s like crime in your face. Whereas here. It’s all it’s easier to kind of hide it under so it’s all spread out. It’s so spread out here that it can happen. And it’s like, if, if a crime falls in the forest, it’s anyone here,

Suzanne: I imagine it’s harder for them to find the culprit too, because if they’re staying in the area, because they have so much more land to cover. Whereas in New York, if they’re going to be in that area, it’s a lot easier.

Jon: And everybody knows you in New York.

Suzanne: Yeah, that’s true.

Jon: Here, again, there’s another layer of this kind of hidden world. You know, I mean, fortunately, I know my neighbors. We all look after each other. But, that’s not always been the case in most places I’ve lived in LA.

Suzanne: No, in California, the whole thing is like that. I grew up there. I’m from San Diego. So we almost never knew my neighbors. Yeah, now that we’ve lived strange phenomenon and it’s, it’s, it was funny because to me that’s normal because that’s how I grew up. But we’ve lived in the South. I’m in Arkansas right now.

We, I know, and my husband just thinks it’s weird because California, but it is nice to know, especially during the pandemic when we were out walking the dog and. Everyone was like, oh, hi, because they were so happy to see, to see anybody, anybody, anybody, but their kids and their family. But, yeah, so that’s awesome.

I understand that completely. and we’re actually moving to New York in June. we, we lived there a long time ago, when I got into GH actually, when I was in college.

Jon: So, are you moving to the city?

Suzanne: No, but we’re going to be about half an hour from there.

Jon: I understand.

Suzanne: We don’t actually know what town we’re moving to yet. We have to find a place, but he’s going to work at SUNY Old Westbury. Oh, great. Congratulations. Thank you. Yeah, I’m really looking forward to it. I want to be in a city again, in a small town here. I won’t know my neighbors.

I read some of the book. I haven’t had time to finish it, but, to me, the description of when sounds a lot like Steve Burton, at least physically.

Jon: Steve was– no, no, no. Steve was not an inspiration at all. There was a Steve, but it was Steve McQueen.

Suzanne: Oh, okay. Well, then they have a lot in common [physically].

Jon: It’s not Steve Burton. Steve, Steve’s way too muscled for Win, Winston green. Now, my inspirations for Wynn were, were Steve McQueen, Kevin Costner, in terms of physicality. and I, I do describe him in there that a director that Winston had worked with described Winston Green as a landmine that’s been stepped on and you’re just waiting for you to step off before he blows, he’s wired tight.

There’s a, there’s an edge to him. but sadly, the other inspiration was, was really Tom Sizemore and some of the other people in my business who have, who came to town with just brilliant talent. I mean, just, you would take Tom Sizemore, just look at his work and Saving Private Ryan and Heat and, he was working with the very best of the best because they wanted him and, and his demons got him.

And, and it really sidelined his career and, yeah, it was very sad, but it’s, that’s, I’ve known a lot of guys like that, just their lives and careers have taken a hard left due to. Due to substance abuse and some made it and some didn’t. Yeah, well, I’d like to see Winston as somebody who made it and got himself together.

but he’s just hanging on. All he’s doing, he’s just hanging on to just trying to keep some stability. So now I hit, I’ll, I’ll let Steve. No, sorry, Steve.

Suzanne: Well, I think if I recall, it was the blue eyes and the buzz cut and I don’t remember what else, but it just sounded like him.

Jon: So I thought more of Steve McQueen in “Bullit.”

Suzanne: No, I can see that. Now that you say that. Just to touch on, you’re talking about sad things, the GH family set, whatever you want to call it, has had a lot of loss in the last year. has that really changed, how things run there or?

Jon: Well, no, it hasn’t changed how we run anything. It’s just, I think we’re all just really aware of how fragile and, and, How quickly something can end.

it’s too bad that people have to pass away before you’re reminded of these things. But yeah, we’ve taken some real hits this year behind the camera and in front of the camera and. You know, we miss them all. So, we just try to appreciate each other when we’re there, I noticed nobody, nobody raises their voice, nobody’s, popping off out of anger.

I noticed a lot, right?

Suzanne: Yeah. There’s a, the fans are very sad too.

Jon: Yeah. Yeah. There was a, there was a huge outpouring from, from people and, and we really, we all heard it and saw it and felt it, very of that. Yeah, I, I know .Jon Lindstrom has portrayed both Kevin and Ryan on "General Hospital" and "Port Charles" on ABC.

Suzanne: All right. so that wasn’t on my list, but I just had to mention that.

So as a first time author, would you say that you’re still learning?

Jon: Oh, definitely, definitely. Yeah. I’m, I’m struggling with book two.

Suzanne: I just, yeah, if you’re gonna, that was my next question. Are you planning to write more?

Jon: Yeah, I, I, book two and book three, I mean, I pitched this really as. a series, maybe all of which would have the word Hollywood in the title.

They’re all crime novels. But, and I tried to keep everything grounded the way Elmore Leonard did, that’s like, this is a real world, that you find these people walking through. but yeah, I, I’m, I’m hoping to, I, suddenly being a bestseller and seeing four stars from everywhere from Amazon to Barnes and Noble, gives you a nice kick of confidence.

So I’m looking back to, I’m getting ready to get back into it.

Suzanne: I bought two of them. I bought the–

Jon: Oh thank you

Suzanne: Kindle version and the, audio version.

Jon: Oh, alright. Which I recorded in my basement.

Suzanne: I know… Oh, in your basement?

Jon: In my basement. Yeah. I have a little collapsible frame with these acoustic blankets.

Suzanne: Wow.

Jon: It’s not a whisper room, which is like silent, but it is fine. But I still have to, I have to suffer helicopters and dogs and leaf blowers. Yeah. , things like that.

Suzanne: I’m torn between… I’m not a big books on tape, what they call, I don’t know what they call them now, audios, fan, because I read really fast, but I wanted to hear your voice and, and hear it that way while, while I was, doing other things.

Jon: So I, I keep going back and forth, but I really liked the accents that you do and the voices.

Oh, great. Thank you. Thanks.

Suzanne: You have a lot of practice from all the voiceovers.

Jon: Yeah, I had a little bit of a, an easy runway to get on that airfield.

Suzanne: I have a tough question. So you can feel free not to answer it. If you don’t like it. I’ve read many good reviews and a few bad ones. Some criticize you for being overly descriptive. Is that writing style or do you plan to cut back on some of the description in your future novels?

Jon: You know, I would say what’s the matter? You never read Stephen King because, if there’s anybody who knows how to, how to, describe a place and place is very important, listen, you got to take, you got to take the bad with the good and you’re not going to make everybody happy.

  There was one guy who, who took issue with my, my description of. Of firearms.

Suzanne: Oh, I saw that one.

Jon: Yeah. Yeah. and you know what? He’s fair enough. He can have his opinion, but I grew up around guns and his point was technically correct. Right? There are automatic weapons. But those are divided into semi automatic and fully automatic.

But when you discern between an automatic weapon or a revolver as in a single or double action revolver, you don’t need those descriptions. Everybody knows what you’re talking about. So, it’s funny. He knocked me off half a star for that, but you know what, Hey, listen, the guy’s got his opinion and that’s what he’d like to read.<br />
and that’s fine. That’s totally fine. the point is he, he still liked the book and the story, so, I say thank you , are you, you can’t, you can’t get bogged down in this, you know?

Suzanne: Yeah.

Jon: This thing of, I mean, that’s one guy, and, and he’s entitled to that opinion as is anybody who says, he overwrites the description.

Well, it is about la it’s also about Hollywood, so you don’t, you can gloss over.

Suzanne: You’re right.

Jon: Don’t have. You don’t have to get mired in it, it says you have to do that too. Yeah, that’s, it, they’re different writing styles and you can’t say one different styles and different tastes and that’s, that’s fine.

I mean, somebody who really knows LA, I can see why they would go, Oh man, this is really overwritten. You know, but somebody who doesn’t, and I hear this more than I hear the opposite there, they really appreciate the, the description of characters and backstory and setting and, and all that stuff. <br />
So, like I said, you can’t, you can’t please everybody.

Suzanne: And as an actor, as an actor, you’re used to people criticizing you and rejecting you and. Giving you bad reviews, all that stuff. So yeah, it’s over the average writer.

It just, yeah, it just comes with the, it just comes with the territory.

Suzanne: Now, talking about GH for a minute, do you, still enjoy playing Kevin even without Ryan?

JOHN LINDSTROM, GENIE FRANCIS GENERAL HOSPITAL – The Emmy-winning daytime drama “General Hospital” airs Monday-Friday (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. GH18 (ABC/Craig Sjodin)Suzanne: NNow, talking about GH for a minute, do you, still enjoy playing Kevin even without Ryan? Jon: Yeah, well, I like Kevin very much. I think Kevin’s a really good guy. I think that there’s, there’s been kind of a, we, we’ve kind of lost a little bit of Kevin along the way, remember when Kevin was, was first around and we had first gotten rid of. Of Ryan. Kevin was an artist. He was a psychiatrist, but he was an artist who lived in a, in a lighthouse and painted all the time to paint out a demon and, and we’ve kind of, we’ve kind of veered away from that. And, we have some new writers coming in now. So I think that I, I think we’re going to have some, um. I think there’s going to be some changes, in how Kevin, but I mean, that’s a long answer, but to answer your question, I love playing Kevin. I love, I love playing Kevin. I love playing Ryan. I love, I love working with Genie. I love working with Lynn Herring and, and Ken Shriner and everybody that, that goes along in Kevin’s world. You know, he’s, to me, it’s just fun.

Suzanne: There’s so many great, stories that Kevin has had over the years. Although my favorite, I have to say, is on Port Charles. I believe it was the Miracles Happen, book, they called it, when he and Lucy got remarried and the little girl came, showed up. Yeah, but even though later, I think they took the little girl away and he got divorced and all that stuff, but that was my favorite because it was so Christmassy and so happy and, and like, we rarely get enough of those moments.

Jon: Yeah, that’s true. You know, I, I love doing, I love doing Port Charles. It was like, it was like the little half hour that could, and I’m, I know that there was somebody at the network paying attention, but it never felt like that. It always felt like we could. It was like our secret corner of daytime TV where we could do whatever we wanted.

I saw the, the executive producer the other day, Julie Hayden Carruthers, and she, she said the same thing. It goes, I, I know there was somebody at the network, but every time we said we’d like to do this, they just said, okay. You know, that’s great, and we got the vampires and we got the six week books that tell a novella style and really fun things. <br />
Suzanne: Oh, yeah. I’m such a huge fan of that show. but I just, I just occurred to me, didn’t Kevin write a novel, “General Homicide?” And it foretold your future.

Jon: There you go.

Suzanne: Let’s hope nobody gets killed in a way.

Jon: I, I, I wanted to, and it’s, they would never go for it. But, but I had this idea that Kevin could walk into the room and, and Laura is, is reading Hollywood hustle.

I said, Oh, what’s your reading? Oh, it’s Hollywood hustle. I said, Oh, how is it? Oh, it’s good. Oh yeah. Is it better than general homicide? And have her say, better.

Suzanne: That’s funny.

Jon: Kevin will take a double take.

Suzanne: Yeah, I guess the thing that most annoys me about it is that Kevin has a daughter out there that they never mention, Livvie. I mean, she might be dead. Vampire or something.

Jon: She looks just like Kelly Monaco.

Suzanne: II know. She could do a twin role, you know. You’re good.

Jon: Yeah. But it’s just. Yeah, there’s a lot of things that we left on the, on the floor. You know, with the. Yeah. With, General, General Homicide slash Port Charles.

Suzanne: So, how different is it now on GH as opposed to when you started over 30 years ago?

Jon: Well, the main thing that’s changed is the structure of production because, the, budgets everywhere have just been constricted to the point of not being choked. But, and this is true, I mean, virtually on every show that I work on because I do a lot of work outside of General Hospital.

Suzanne: Mm hmm.

Jon: You know, everything is just so damn expensive now that sometimes it can feel like if you cut 10 off the budget, you wouldn’t be able to make the week, but somehow they managed to do it. I think Frank Valentini is a terrific producer. You know, the, the shows themselves, the airtime has been cut down from, I think, 49 minutes and change the rest of being advertising during the hour down to about 36 minutes and change.

So, And yet, ABC keeps pumping money into it. You know, it was right before the pandemic. I think I went up to the editing bay and they were putting in a brand new Abbott system. So the, the network is still investing money into that show. They feel it’s, it’s viable for the future. So. You know, the main thing is, you have to show up with your track shoes on. You don’t get to kind of feel your way through scenes and rehearsals anymore. You need to, you need to show up and do your job quickly and efficiently.

Suzanne: And, so now that you’re a writer, is it, is it harder for you to say other writers lines?

Jon: No.

Suzanne: Oh, you don’t say, Oh, I wish they would have written it this way, or…?

Jon: No, but I mean, we have a lot of permission to just transpose or paraphrase things as long as you get the thought across because the writers in daytime are very good and they know the rule. If it doesn’t move the story forward or expose character, get rid of it.

And they’re pretty good at trimming things down to those two rules. So. There’s really not much you have to change. And if you were to change it, you might be messing up something that’s gonna happen tomorrow, so.

Suzanne: Right, right. And so you posted that you’re playing the president in a new movie. Can you tell us about the new movie?

Jon: Oh, it was a, what is, it’s called a Proof of concept Short.

Suzanne: Oh, okay. So it’s not yet a movie.

Jon: Yeah, I was asked to come down to, to Dallas and play the president for a day while they put together, um. A, essentially a proof of concept real that would show that this movie could work. On a as a film. So I spent the day. It was something. That’s why I have a cold right now because I pushed myself a little too hard over the last week or two. yeah, so I spent the day working with Jesse Metcalf. Who’s a lovely guy. I had worked with him on something before, 8 or 9 years ago. And, and, and then I had to deliver a page and a half monologue as the president and I did it in one take.

Suzanne: Wow, that’s great.

Jon: Well, that’s that. So daytime comes in handy.

Suzanne: Oh, yeah. I was going to mention when we were talking about Bosch…. They have a lot of former daytime stars on there.

Jon: Oh, sure. Yeah, they, that’s what was beautiful about Bosch. They, they didn’t there’s other places that will say, oh, they were on daytime. We don’t want to Bosch doesn’t care. Yeah, you’re either right for the part or you weren’t. And if you were right for it, they didn’t mind what your background was. As long as, as long as you could walk and talk and not trip over the furniture, they were happy. They wanted people who knew what they were doing.

Suzanne: II mean, it’s such a silly, prejudice to have because you guys usually are better actors and better prepared and know everything and can do so much than.

Jon: Yeah. I, listen, I liken it to, to people who knock country music usually don’t even listen to country music. And the same people would go, Oh, well they’re on soap opera.

They don’t, what do they know? They don’t know anything.

Suzanne: Or the people who say, Oh, rap.

Jon: Yeah, I think. Yeah, exactly. You know, the fact is you can dance to rap, may not be able to dance to a death metal, but you can dance to rap.

Suzanne: There’s a lot of people my age who are prejudiced against it because we didn’t grow up with it. And this new thing came along and took over the radio.

Jon: That’s it. Our parents hated the Beatles too.

Suzanne: Exactly. I think my mom loved the Beatles, but that was, I think she’s an outlier. So, is there anything else that you’d like to tell us about your book or GH or any other upcoming work that you have?

Jon: You know, I’m a, I’m a busy guy. I, I try to put everything up online. If you’re curious about what I’m doing, what book signings I’ll be doing, I’ll be doing one, actually. I don’t know when this goes up, but I’ve got one on the 17th of February in Glendale with Michael Easton. who is a terrific, in his own right. Yeah, and Michael’s just such a talented guy, but we’re going to sit down and talk at the Barnes and Noble over there.

Suzanne: Right.

Jon: Two o’clock, Saturday, February 17th. The Americana at Brand. Then I’m going to be flying to New York for the 27th, at the Mysterious Bookshop. I’ll be in Portland. Actually, technically, Beaverton at Powell’s bookstore, because it’s the Beaverton place they do their mystery and thriller events. And, and then we’re looking at, Petaluma, St. Louis, Raleigh, North Carolina, Phoenix.

Suzanne: Wow. You’re not home much.

Jon: I’m not home much. I, I’m a busy guy.

Suzanne: But I know your wife is not home much, either. She’s always flying somewhere.

Jon: she’s always flying somewhere. And I, I have to show the new cover. And the publisher sent that to me there where it says USA Today bestseller.

Suzanne: Oh, great. That’s great.

Jon: Was that backwards to you? Does it look?

Suzanne: No, it looks fine to me.

Jon: Oh, okay. It looks backward on my side, but that’s.

Suzanne: Technical stuff.

Jon: Oh, I’m very excited. I meant to mention that. yeah, I just happened.

Suzanne: I’m behind on about a little less than a month, but I happen to see that Kevin and Laura are going to, adopt ace.

Jon: Yes, yes.

Suzanne: Kevin got put in the hospital by aces by aces mother.

Jon: Yeah. You know, I do wish we had a little more Kevin as may time work out their stuff. But, cause I, and I love working with Avery Pohl. I think she’s just a. but yeah, I, I like that they decided to do that and based on what I’ve seen online, boy, there’s a lot of grandparents out there who are taking on their grandchildren to raise.

Suzanne: Yeah.

Jon: So if we’re going to do it, I hope we do it in a, in a real way. Where it’s, it’s a, it’s a huge undertaking for anybody to be a parent and, I’d like to see it. So, but, like I say, we’ve got new writers coming in. They’ve already started. So we’ll see what, yeah, see what they decide to do. You know, we’re all pretty excited.

Suzanne: II just don’t want the, Laura and Kevin to be stuck in the grandparent mode and not doing anything else.

Jon: No, we’ll try and avoid that.

Suzanne: Yeah, I hope so. All right. Well, thank you so much for talking to me. I really enjoyed it.

Jon Lindstrom taking a fan photo with the author, Suzanne, at the 1998 Port Charles Party.
Jon: My pleasure. Thanks. Thanks so much for having me today.

Suzanne: I’ll send you a

Jon: again, sorry about this froggy voice.

Suzanne: Oh, it doesn’t sound that bad, honestly.

Jon: okay.

Suzanne: II have to send you a picture. I have, that I took, years ago, like 99. I went to GH convention that they have the, fan club events and I have a picture with you, so…

Jon: Oh, great. Send that to me.

Suzanne: I’ll love to. Alright. I’m gonna try to get this out as soon as possible. I’ll let you know.

Jon: Okay. All thanks. Thank you so much.

Jon Lindstrom and Michael Easton event 2/17/24 in L.A.


Hollywood Hustle: A Thriller Hardcover – February 6, 2024 by Jon Lindstrom (Author) book cover

Hollywood Hustle: A Thriller Hardcover – February 6, 2024


From 4-time Emmy-nominated actor Jon Lindstrom of General Hospital, Bosch, and True Detective fame, comes a gripping debut thriller.

Set in the dark underbelly of the LA film industry, Hollywood Hustle is the perfect read for fans of Alex Finlay and Jeffery Deaver.

Winston Greene, a has-been film star, wakes one morning to find his six-year-old granddaughter at his bedside—traumatized, unattended, and gripping onto a thumb drive. She comes bearing video proof that her mother, Win’s troubled adult daughter, has been kidnapped by a murderous gang demanding all his “movie money” for her safe return. But what they don’t know is…his movie money is long gone.

Unable to go to the police for fear the kidnappers will make good on their promise to kill his daughter, Winston turns to two close friends—a legendary Hollywood stuntman and a disgraced former LAPD detective.

There’s no easy way out for Winston or his daughter—the gang is violent and willing to do anything to get the money they’re after, and Winston begins to realize that to get his daughter back, he’ll have to beat the kidnappers at their own game.

This propulsive and tense thriller will transport readers to the seedier side of LA, depicted in bold prose by a Hollywood insider.

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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 ]

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Oh, good. You’re here. It’s where I live. Somewhere else I should be? Of course not. It’s just you weren’t here late last night when I went to bed, and… with everything going on, I — I was just worried that maybe something happened. Where were you? Out.

[ Grunts ] Huh. The guards were pretty quiet about where you were. Please tell me dex was with you, at least. I don’t want to hear that name.

[ Knock on door ] Josslyn: Dex, are you in there? Oh, my god. I have been so worried. I haven’t been able to reach you. Where were you last night? You haven’t talked to your mom today? No, I’ve been busy. I haven’t been able to call her back. Why? What happened last night? I am so, so sorry. I-I woke up not feeling great, and then I fell back asleep, and I totally forgot that we had plans. It’s fine. Don’t worry about me. You do look a little green around the gills. How are you doing? Uh, well, morning sickness is, uh, no joke. I kind of thought it would be no big deal and I’d be able to handle it and fine, but, oh, my god, it’s like my — my head will not stop pounding, and — and the room is spinning, and it feels like the ground is actually, like, moving underneath my feet. That sounds awful. You should lay down. I can make some tea. Oh, that would be great. Oh, wait. Before you go, uh, I have something really important that I need to tell you. Whatever you need to tell me can wait. For now, just let me take care of you. Hi, kira. I got here a little bit early, so I got us a spot in the alcove, and I was wondering, do you want me to order you a coffee, or…? Oh. No, of course I understand that. That’s fine, but we should reschedule soon because I have an opportunity that’s going to be great for — hello? Kira? Hello? Stood up again? Hi, I’m on my way into the station soon. Okay, but jordan’s coming in because she wants an update on the investigation into the stolen wsb weapons. Right, and I think we have to move on that asap, because I think there’s urgency to that situation. Oh, let me guess, the fbi is cool with the pcpd investigating until they’re not, basically? Exactly. I don’t know when they’re gonna pull the agreement. Okay. Anna. Anna, you still there? Yeah. Sorry. I-I have to go. I’ll — I’ll see you soon. Hi. It’s been a while. And from the look on your face, it hasn’t been long enough. I have to make a work call. I’ll be in my room if you need me. Hey, I’m fine. Hey… thank you.

[ Knock on door ] There’s someone here to see you. Let him in. Hello, judas.

Good morning, detective. Morning. I’m here to get an update on the metro court shooting investigation for the mayor’s office. Have there been any new developments? Uh, yeah. Anna’s gonna be here shortly, but I don’t think she’ll mind me telling you that there is nothing new from the fbi. Why doesn’t that surprise me? They may say we’re working together, but they’re not gonna give up any of their info unless it helps them. No, uh, they’re keeping their cards pretty close to the chest. But, look, we know sonny was the target. We know the only person who can identify the shooter is o’neill because he’s the one who sold the shooter the illegal weapon. And he is in pentonville, at least for now. What does that mean? Is o’neill going somewhere? No, not that I know of, but it wouldn’t surprise me if agent cates wanted to have him transferred out of our jurisdiction so the feds could have sole control over him. As disappointing as that would be, there is an argument for o’neill to be in protective custody to keep him safe. Well, that’s pretty convenient for cates. Yeah, well, it’s pretty obvious agent cates isn’t too happy to have to work with the pcpd on this. Look, according to o’neill’s lawyer, he’s refusing to cooperate with us on his gun trafficking, but I still feel like there’s a deal to be made there. I mean, this guy’s facing some pretty serious charges. Maybe his, uh, self-preservation instincts will kick in. We need to offer him something in return. Which, as of now, the fbi won’t authorize. Which is too bad, because, given o’neill’s line of work, he could be a pretty valuable witness against a lot of criminals. Criminals who are in prison right now who might know that he’s talking to us, and I don’t know that he’d want to take that chance going in there. And if something happens to o’neill… there goes our only lead. I hadn’t expected to see you here. I live here now — again — till I can find somewhere more permanent. I just had breakfast. Guess that makes sense. I don’t know whether you heard, but I got reinstated as police commissioner. I had heard that, yeah. Congratulations. Must be nice to have a badge back. Yes, it is. Anyway, I wanted you to hear it from me. Why? Because of what happened to charlotte? Yes. Do you want an update on charlotte? Is that why we struck up this conversation? One of my contacts have canceled a meeting. No big deal. It happens all the time. Contacts? Don’t you mean friends? Trusted writers, editors, and photographers — people you’ve been working with for years? People who would always jump at a call from you before. Have you been able to get any of them on the phone recently? What did you do? It was simple, really. All I did is I put the word out… that they’re absolutely free to work with you on your new endeavor, but if they do, they’re never gonna be working with aurora ever again. So you forced them not to work with me. Forced? No. I just…gave them a choice. And judging by the fact that you’re sitting alone at this table, I think it’s pretty clear that they are not as inclined to play with fire as you are. Well, you must not have a lot of faith in carly running crimson and beating me fair and square. Are you really that threatened by a little competition?

[ Chuckles ] What competition? And speaking of carly, all she wants right now is for you to be out of our lives completely, so… if I can make that happen and I can make you pay at the same time, all the better. Here we go. Ginger tea should help soothe your stomach. Thank you. Wow, that actually smells amazing. Which is a really good start, because it’s not making me nauseous, and everything has been making me nauseous, so it’s a step in the right direction. Just give it a second to cool down. In the meantime, hold out your arm. Why? Just trust me. Okay. Thank you.

[ Chuckles ] The pressure okay? Yeah, that is really relaxing. Good. Okay, let me try another place. How’s that? I think that’s actually — that actually made the room stop spinning.

[ Chuckles ] Where did you learn how to do this? On the road. Oh. Traveled with a lot of pregnant women, did you? Ha, ha. Hardly. But a ton of hungover musicians. Mm. It’s all lights and glory onstage, and then there’s hell to pay the morning after. Well, I am genuinely glad you learned how to do that, because I feel so much better, and that was really fast. So, thank you, miracle worker. Okay, let’s not get carried away. But now that the room isn’t spinning anymore, what did you want to talk to me about? Oh, uh, it’s about molly. Is everything okay? You guys didn’t get into a disagreement about your pregnancy, did you? No, no. Nothing like that. Um… molly knows about us. I knew something was wrong when I couldn’t get ahold of you last night. This is — is exactly what I have always been afraid of since I learned you were working with michael. Are you okay? Did he hurt you? No, not really. His men roughed me up a little bit, but it could have been a lot worse. I thought I was never gonna see you again. If your mom hadn’t shown up when she did — well, thank god she figured it out. She saved your life. I’ve never been so happy to see anyone. Not that sonny made it easy. He tried to get his men to take her to her car, but she flat out refused to go. Look, I’m really sorry. I know that you believed in him, but this is who he is and this is what he does. He uses people, and he thinks that everyone else should forgive him over and over again, but the second he thinks someone’s betrayed him, he will turn on them. No, I get it, okay? Sonny knew I had been paid off. He just wasn’t sure by who. Pointed a loaded gun at me and tried to get me to talk. The only reason I was still breathing when your mom got there is ’cause he wanted that information before he killed me. Did my mom tell sonny that you were originally working with michael? No, he figured it out. He knew your mom didn’t have the money to pay me the bonuses that michael had. All your mom did was confirm it. Well, sonny’s never gonna trust you again. No, he won’T. Which means… you’re free. Dad, I’m not — I’m not gonna make excuses. Well, there’s no excuse for what you did, michael. Okay, I, uh… I hired dex… right. …From a security firm. And I paid him to infiltrate your organization and — and gather incriminating evidence against you and give it to me. I… I wanted to be the one to send you to prison. Because you wanted me to suffer, I get it. But why? Because mom risked her life and her freedom to run your organization when you were in nixon falls. I had amnesia in nixon falls. Why does everyone forget that? I know, but when you came back, you cheated on her with nina. And not — and not only that, you sided with nina when she was suing me and — and willow for visitation with wiley. Y-y-you… I didn’t recognize you anymore. I didn’t — I didn’t see my father, I just… I-I convinced myself that you needed to pay. You didn’t go through with it. No. In the end, I couldn’T. I couldn’t do it.

[ Sighs ] Because, dad… sending you to prison, it would tear the family apart, and I couldn’t do that to my siblings, and I couldn’t do that to you. In the end, my — my loyalty to the family was — was stronger than my need for revenge. What do you know about loyalty, michael?! Stabbing your father in the back!

I know that you and carly wish that I would just vanish into thin air, but how exactly are you going to manage that? Because I’m not leaving port charles anytime soon. Of course you’re not, because that would be the decent thing to do, just to kind of slink out of town in shame, never come back. You know, drew, port charles is my home. You might have caused a little setback to my plans to start my own magazine, but this hotel is mine, so I don’t want to hear any more threats from you, idle as they may be. You misunderstand me, nina. I’m not threatening you. I’m offering to buy your share of the metro court. Dad, I know you feel betrayed, and you have every right to… …but I was in a position to get the revenge that I wanted, and I didn’t — I didn’t go through with it. So you want — you want credit now for change of heart? You still tried to take me down, michael. I know, and I’m admitting to it. Then why didn’t you come to me as soon as you called it off? Own up to it, instead of bringing your mom into the equation. I hadn’t planned that. She just figured it out. And I already decided I wasn’t gonna turn you in, so mom came up with a plan for us to work together to keep you protected and safe. That’s what we wanted. That’s what we all wanted. Dex, too. What about last night, michael? What kind of man sends his mother in to clean up the mess? I-I — [ Scoffs ] I didn’t send mom, okay? And I had no idea you were closing in on dex. I was — I don’t — I don’t want to hear any more. You had every chance to come tell me the truth. You were in my office, you were — you were — we were hugging. You said, you know, you hate the distance. But it wasn’t about the distance. You were out to get me. I wasn’t out to get you. I was — I was working to protect you, dad. What about your sisters? Donna and avery? How do you think they would feel growing up without a father? They’re your sisters. I know. I-I did — I did think about them, dad. And at the time, I thought that they would be better off if you were behind bars. It’s not your call to make, michael. What about wiley and amelia? How do you think they would feel without you in their lives anymore? I don’t know what I would’ve done if something had happened to you. Watching trina go through this with spencer, it’s terrible. She’s not even herself. I couldn’t do it. I can’t lose you. I love you. Last night, I had a pit in my stomach when I couldn’t find you, and to know that I was right to feel that way… all I want for you is to be safe. Not just today and tomorrow, but always. I wish it were easy to make that happen. My mom had to have told sonny that you were protecting him, you were not betraying him. She did, but it doesn’t matter. Look, in sonny’s eyes, I still lied. And now I know way too much about him and his organization. How can I make a clean break when sonny will never let me walk away knowing everything I know?

This isn’t easy for me. I’m really trying to respect your privacy and — and to be patient, but… hiding how we feel about each other whenever other people are around, it’s just — it’s not really a way to build a relationship. Is that what we are? A relationship? Oh, did you think that I would just let anyone see me like this?

[ Laughs ] Yeah, I think it’s safe to say we’re in a relationship. Just think about it, nina. I mean, you want to start your own magazine, right? That’s gonna take some capital — the kind of capital you would get if you sold half of a hotel. And, look, this offer isn’t coming out of nowhere. I mean, it wasn’t that long ago that you offered to sell your shares to carly. Oh, but that was before you and carly took crimson away from me and I found out how vindictive you two are. Well, you did all that to yourself, nina. You gotta take responsibility for your choices. Oh, good. Another lecture. I will pay you fair market value for your half of the metro court. Not a chance. Now, if you want to buy something nice for your girlfriend, besides a magazine that she has no earthly idea how to run, I suggest jewelry. I’m not going anywhere. I’m not comfortable giving you all the details. Just know that she’s home and she’s settling in nicely, and I promise I’ll keep you informed. Thank you.

[ Nina and drew arguing indistinctly ] Uh, will you excuse me? Yes, of course. Calm down. Nina, there’s no reason to get so worked up. Don’t you dare tell me how to behave. Nina, everything all right? No! Drew thinks that he can take my share of the hotel from me. There has to be another way to gain access to o’neill and keep him in port charles under our custody. Yeah, I don’t see that happening. The feds want us to stand down as it is. On the gun charges, yes, so we need to come at it from a different angle. Okay. Like what? Maybe we get him on charges unrelated to the shooting, something that doesn’t involve the feds and would be solidly in our jurisdiction. What, like some unpaid parking tickets or something? Preferably a felony. What is the likelihood that an arms dealer has been involved in another crime here in port charles? I’d say the likelihood is pretty high. You don’t go from upstanding citizen to gun runner overnight. Exactly. So we need to go over every case in the last six months involving firearms, track all the weapons, and see if it leads back to our friend in pentonville. Yeah, we’ve been there, done that. Nothing. Okay, then go back even longer, a year or more. Do whatever you have to do. Because even if o’neill is placed in protective custody, he still has a target on his back.

[ Cellphone rings ] Falconeri. Wait, what? All I can say is, again, I changed course. Dex was already inside. So mom and I, we just — we made sure that — that dex was — was keeping you safe. That little rat lied to me. You can hate that I paid dex to keep you safe all you want, but you have to admit that if it wasn’t for him, you might be dead right now. I don’t have to admit anything, michael. You came to rely and trust dex. If… for me to — to say something, tell you the truth, it — it would’ve accomplished nothing, but it would’ve ruined everything. Stop trying to make yourself look good. You didn’t just lie because you were worried about me. You lied to protect yourself. Okay. Plain and simple. Admit it. Dad, I — yes, I — I came to — to really like that our relationship was — was — was good again. I didn’t — I didn’t want to lose that. Yeah, well, you lost it the day you hired dex to destroy me. I get that you’re angry… and I-I hope, eventually, you’ll be able to see why I did what I did and you’ll be able to forgive me, dad, but this isn’t just about our relationship. What is it about, mike? It’s about you and how you’re pushing everybody away, because… dad, without dex, without me, and especially without mom, who do you have? Do you… do you want to end up alone? Dex: There are no good options for me here. Sonny will never trust me again, so my time in his organization is over. Exactly. So maybe this is the clean break that we’ve been waiting for. It’s not that simple, joss. You think sony’s just gonna forget about what I did to him? Sonny hates a lot of people. I can live with that if you can. It’s not about what we can live with. Sooner or later, one of sonny’s rivals is gonna figure out that he’s cut me loose and try to take advantage. All of these guys talk, so when they try to use me to get to him and I refuse, they’re gonna have it out for me, too. I hadn’t considered that. And if it’s not the mob, the da or the feds could find an excuse to bring me in and try to get me to flip on sonny. The only way he can guarantee that I won’t talk is to eliminate me. Well, if that’s true, then why did he let you go last night? I don’t know. Maybe he’s just telling your mom what she wants to hear. He knows she won’t let anything happen to me because of us. Regardless, he wouldn’t want to involve her in a crime. Maybe sonny decided to walk away last night… finish the job later, without any witnesses. You’d do anything for me, right? Yes. Then run.

I hate to ruin the mood here, but I think this is all about to get much harder. That sounds ominous. My mother has been wanting to visit me here in port charles, and I’ve been putting her off, but I finally ran out of excuses. She’ll be here next week. That’s fine. Uh, yeah. Don’t worry about, uh, us seeing each other while your mom is here. Uh, a lot of stuff to get done at the pub, and, uh, I certainly could use the time to get caught up on stuff with the center, too, um… so we’ll just take a little break, and then, uh, we can pick up right where we left off when your mom is back on the plane heading home. I hate this. You’re being so understanding, and, somehow, it’s just making this worse. I don’t want you to feel like you have to hide. Well, I’m not the one hiding. Yeah, well, good luck getting your magazine up off the ground, ’cause I love rooting for the underdog. So much for mr. Nice guy. He really thinks he has you wrapped around his finger. You don’t have to sell him the metro court. You know that, right? Well, who knows? I mean, he basically crushed my idea to start my own magazine, and he barely had to try. Hey. Hey. I saw you sitting over here. I just wanted to say congratulations on being named the new police commissioner. Thank you, yes. Actually, I’m just on my way to the station. I’m not gonna hold you up. I just wanted to say that, um… I’m happy for you that things are going well. Yeah. And you? I’m making progress. What kind? And at what cost? Go. Today. Right now. Get a head start before anybody even realizes you’ve gone. You can hide without sonny finding you, right? I am not leaving. I can’t lose you. You’re not gonna lose me. I’m coming with you. No, absolutely not. No, we talked about this last year. Okay, you would be giving up your family, your friends, your future as a doctor. I won’t let that happen. Your whole world is here. It’s my life, so it’s my choice. I cannot lose you. Not after everything we’ve gone through. Joss… …you are everything to me. But you would be giving up your life here for nothing if I run… with or without you. This is insane. You were just trying to protect sonny, and now he wants to kill you for it. Somebody tried to kill you twice now, and whoever gave that shooter inside information on your security, it was not dex, okay? He’s not the traitor. It’s someone else inside your organization. Why should I hear anything you have to say, michael? D-dad, don’t put yourself in any more danger just to get back at me, okay? Or isolate yourself so you have no one to confide in. You need somebody around you you can trust. That’s not your concern. You’re my father. Am I? Okay. All right. You know what? Yeah. You can push me away, you can push all of us away, but you — you’re gonna need someone to talk to. You can’t go through this alone. Catch all that? Unfortunately, I did. I’m sorry, sonny. It must hurt a lot, what michael did. Well, I — you know, I can go if you want, and we can pretend I was never here. Wait, wait. Can you stay?

I’m sorry, I didn’t — I didn’t mean that. I just — I’m not judging you, and I don’t even know your family. They’re great, actually. They’re just religious and old-fashioned. They were raised a certain kind of way to never talk about these kinds of things, so there’s a part of me that still feels like I have to protect them. I get that. I… I actually think a lot of people are in your position. I just hate that you feel like you have to protect them from the fact that you’re gay. Because I, personally, am thrilled that you’re gay, and I know a lot of other people would be, too.

[ Chuckles ] Thank you? What I mean is, I’m happy for you that you’re living your authentic life and being your true self, and if that happens to include you being gay, then all the better. Because I happen to think who you are is pretty damn wonderful. I feel the same way about you. I-I do want to respect, though, that coming out is your personal choice, and I can’t pressure you or anyone into making that decision. That’s your own to make whenever you’re ready. But that’s no way to build a relationship. No, it’s not. Then I know what I have to do. I’m gonna tell my mom about you and me. It’s time my family knows the truth. I can’t believe I let drew get to me, even that little bit. You know, that’s what he wanted. I just couldn’t help myself. He can really push your buttons, huh? You know what? It’s just not that he offered to buy my share of the hotel. It isn’T. It’s just slowly dawning on me, valentin, that I am never going to get a magazine to rival crimson off the ground. It’s just not gonna happen. It’s too much. Even if drew hadn’t scared everyone away from working with me, it’s just too huge of an undertaking. I’m just going to have to swallow my pride… and, as much as it hurts, accept defeat. I can’t believe you’re giving up this easy. On the magazine? On evening the score with drew and carly. ‘Cause I’ve been thinking… there may be another way. I shouldn’t have said that. It’s none of my business. But you clearly have an opinion on me. I value your opinion, so please let me hear it. I don’t have an opinion. It’S… I just was going back to the last conversation that we had, where you — you said you had regrets and that you wanted to get toxicity out of your life and move forward. Which is exactly why I offered to buy nina’s half of the metro court — to get her out of our lives completely. She seemed pretty upset by your approach. Well, that’s just part of getting the best deal possible. It’s the cost of doing business. Is it worth it? She’s a big girl. She can take it. I’m not talking about her. Well, I’m just gonna say this. You seem harsher to me than you once were. And — and you have every right. It’s understandable, especially where nina is concerned. But making her pay isn’t gonna bring you back what you’ve already lost. So I’ve been told. And… …you’re not the first person to tell me that I have changed recently. Okay.

[ Cellphone ringing ] Just — I have to take this. Will you just think about what I said? And maybe we can pick up this conversation later. Okay. Okay. Hey, there’s been a development. I can’t get into it over the phone, but it concerns a prisoner at pentonville. I’m on my way, okay? Oh, god. Let’s try this again, shall we? How you doing? Well, you know, I knew michael would come here. I even knew what he was gonna say and all his excuses. It just… it still hurts, you know, those words coming out of his mouth. Why did he even dare show his face here? He insists that dex did nothing wrong, that, uh… I still need dex’s protection. Well, he might have a point there. I mean, dex did save us in puerto rico. Without him, I don’t know that either one of us would’ve gotten off that island alive. And we still don’t know who the shooter was, so… you’re still vulnerable. You think I should still have dex in my organization after he betrayed me the way he did? It’s your call, of course. I’m just wondering, though… where dex would go if you cut him loose. I imagine he has seen a lot of things, heard a lot of things, things that could hurt you if they got out. I’m sure there are a lot of people who would love to get that information that’s rattling around in dex’s head. I know I have a problem. There’s a leak in my ship. You’re far from shore. How much water can you take on? Before we all go down? No, no, we’re not just gonna wait around until sonny decides to punish you for a betrayal that didn’t even happen. There has to be another way. Not that I can think of. I’ll talk to sonny. I’ll make him understand. He’s already made up his mind, joss. I don’t care. I have to talk to him. I have to try, okay? I’ll go right now. Let me do this for you, for us. I know better than to try to stop you once your mind is made up, so go ahead. But if it goes badly, just get out of there. I don’t want sonny getting angry at you, too. I can handle sonny. I’m gonna fix it. Just watch. If anyone can, it’s you. Stay right here, and I will be back as soon as I can.

[ Gun cocks ]

Despite what you obviously believe, I made my offer to buy the metro court in good faith. So you say. What I want to know is, why do you and carly insist on underestimating me? Do we? Over and over and over again, and I am sick of it, so listen to me carefully. Not only am i refusing your deal, but you’re going to regret that you ever messed with me in the first place. This is valentin cassadine. I have a proposal for you. Ali, no, no, no, wait. It was never my intention to — to pressure you into coming out to your mom or force you in any way — kristina, stop. You didn’t pressure me. If anything, you being so patient with me is what helped me make this decision. Okay, good. I’m grateful… for your support. I mean, for someone whose family was accepting of her for exactly who she is, you understand my situation far more than I would’ve expected. Well, I’m just trying to think about how I would want to be treated if I were in your position. And I appreciate that. But this isn’t only about my feelings for you, and it can’t be about living a lie to keep the peace in my family anymore, either. What you said today… made me realize I’m happy. Really and truly happy. And that’s nothing to hide. Hi. Hey. Okay, I got here as soon as I could. What’s going on at pentonville? A prison transport was attacked today, and a prisoner is dead. Who? Olivia jerome. Josslyn: I will get dante up here, and sonny will not like it, okay? This is an emergency, and I need to speak to sonny. Hey, josslyn. Hi. Is there something I can do for you? Hi. I need to talk to sonny right now. Well, I’m sorry, you just missed him.

[ Sighs ]

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Okay. I don’t want to sound like leo in the car, but are we there yet? Almost. Ugh, it’s freezing out here. Your honor, I would like to state for the record, I told the defendant to wear boots. The defendant? What, now i committed a crime? What’d I do? You have been accused of looking too gorgeous tonight. Oh, well, guilty as charged. And fyi, your honor, I am wearing boots. Yes, designer and impractical ones. Well, yeah. Alright, step. Oh. There you go. Okay. We’re here. Okay. Ta-da. Chase… why’d you do all this? Happy valentine’s day. Lucy? Lucy! What? Oh, sorry. Hi. You know, we can’t cheer you up if you won’t even try to have a good time. Well, how can I have a good time when it’s valentine’s day and martin’s not even returning not one, not any of my calls? Okay, let’s focus on the positive. Excellent idea. A night out with people who care about you. Kicked off by a toast. Mm. Okay. But if you toast to love, then the contents of this drink will end up in both your faces. That’s the spirit. To friendship. To friendship. To friendship. Cody: Ready to have a good time? Oh, as ready as any single man with zero romantic attachments can be. Who knows? Tonight, maybe I’ll find the woman of my dreams. You could. And you just might.

Hanging on every word you say

is this love? I got you something. No. I did. No, dante. We said no gifts. Yeah, I know. But I lied. It’s nothing big. Dante. What?

[ Gasps ] What? [ Laughs ] You know, you said you wanted to get back into riding, so I thought, you know, options are a good thing to have. I love it. Thank you. You’re welcome. And options are good when it comes to jackets. But when it comes to boyfriends… mm-hmm? …I only have eyes for one.

[ Knock on door ] Mm. I knew that was going to happen. You knew what was going to happen? I knew one day my cheesy lines were going to rub off on you.

[ Both chuckle ] Daniels, what’s up, man? Daniels: I have a delivery. So, um, how were the kids tonight? Uh, great. I mean, typical nighttime antics from wiley, but he eventually settled down. Oh, speaking of, do you need me — oh, no, no, no. No, no, I already — already checked on him. The lights were on, but he was passed out next to his open book. Oh. Why are kids so cute when they’re sleeping? Well, because they’re sleeping.

[ Chuckles ] TouchĂ©. Did you tell the kids that this wasn’t a one-time thing, that you’re home for good? Well, I thought that’s something we could, you know, do together. They’ll be so happy. Well, I know I am. Are you? Yes. Are you — are you sure? Michael, you moving back in was my idea. No, I know, I just, I don’t — I don’t want there to be any more secrets between us, you know, or half-truths or — or feelings swept under the rug. I just, I want to — I want to put it all out there. Funny you should say that, because before we do this, there is something I need to get off my chest. Curtis: You know, honey, I do apologize for having P.T. On valentine’s day. No, I’m just glad you could fit it in. Yeah. Me, too. You know, every time I go, I get stronger than I was the session before. Mm, that’s my baby. Stronger and stronger every day.

[ Laughs ] Ah, okay. I’m going to change real quick, and then we can head out. Sounds like a plan — curtis.

[ Laughing ] Oh. Oh, my goodness. Hey, don’t look at me. I had nothing to do with that.

[ Sighs ] “Took trina to the nicholas brothers retrospective at the forum. Won’t be back until late. Dinner will be delivered at 8:15.”

[ Chuckles ] Happy anniversary to us.

[ Chuckles ] Make this easier on yourself, dex. Tell me the person who you sold me out to. I’m not taking anyone else down with me. Wrong answer.

This is what you were up to earlier. I heard you and leo talking about a comet passing over new york tonight. Yeah. Leo is very excited. He thinks there’s some sort of valentine’s day magic. I’m with leo. What could be more magical than stargazing with a little champagne. And heat lamps. And heat lamps. Yeah. Just the two of us, cuddled up to see a once-in-100-year event. Well, when you put it that way… right? I wanted to do something special for our first valentine’s day together. Well, as long as you keep me warm. You have my word. I’d prefer a kiss. Sam: Danny. What happened? I’m fine. Hey, fine? Fine and… drunk apparently. I caught a bunch of them with booze at the park. Hey, I thought you were in your room. You didn’t even ask if you could go out tonight. Would you have said yes? No. Exactly. Did you hear him leave? No. Snuck out the fire escape. What? Are you insane? You could have gotten hurt, or worse. I recognized him from seeing you guys around town. Decided since it’s his first offense, I’d let him off with a warning. Alright. Uh, thanks, daniels. Appreciate it. Yeah. Thank you. Have a good night. You, too. Thank god that’s over. I’m going to bed. Not until we talk about this, you’re not.

J’accuse! Jack-a-what? You orchestrated this “meet-cute,” as they say. I-I orchestrated nothing. Oh, fibber. Spinelli, look, dude, I-I swear I’m not lying. I had no idea that maxie and sasha were going to be here. Lucy: You know, I don’t — I don’t begrudge couples celebrating valentine’s day. That’s great, but I just, I wonder… but since they are, be rude not to say hello. No, wait, wait, where are —

[ Growls ] Uh, good evening. Ooh. So formal. Yes, yes. Hi, spinelli. Uh, gracious greetings to all and to no one in particular. I — do you guys want to join us? No! No, no. A-absolutely not. This is a ladies’ night. No boys allowed. Uh, understood. We — we’ll just head — to the bar. We’re gonna head to the bar. So, um, enjoy your night. Uh, it’s not just a night. Like I said, it’s a ladies’ — ladies’ night. Copy that. To the bar. What is wrong with you? You are breaking the girls’ code. It was just a suggestion. Geez. Well, besides, I just thought maybe you might need a break from spinelli, you know, now that you two have moved in together. He hasn’t moved in. Are you or are you not living together in the same house? Okay, temporarily, while the pipes in his apartment are getting fixed. Mm. He’s even paying rent. How long until his apartment is livable again? I’m not sure. But whatever. Georgie loves having both of her parents under one roof. Seems like you don’t mind it much, either. Portia: Mm. This was so lovely of marshall to do! Yes, it was. Honey, I hope you’re not disappointed that we’re not going out. Are you kidding? A romantic dinner at home that I wasn’t required to cook?

[ Laughs ] Look at you. You living the dream, huh? I am. You know it.

[ Laughs ]

[ Both sigh ] It’s really nice. I can only think of one thing nicer. Let’s celebrate our anniversary properly.

[ Car door closes ] Go with frank to check that out. I hope you’ll make it look like I took off. I’d rather joss hate me than mourn me — money is more important to you than josslyn. That’s not true. Stop lying. Sonny?! Sonny? Carly. Oh, no, no. What are you doing here? I’m stopping you from killing an innocent man.

overreacted about you keepingthe nina thing from me. No, you didn’T. Yes, I did. Which was hugely hypocritical given I hid that I had cancer from you for months. You swallowed that betrayal and moved forward, and I didn’t afford you the same grace. And I have been struggling to figure out why.

[ Sighs ] Any luck? You’re my person, michael. You’re the safe, stable place where I put my trust. And with my history of being lied to and manipulated, if that trust gets broken, it — it cuts deep. Uh, I’m not trying to make excuses. No, I know you’re — I know you’re not. But you not being honest, it just shook the foundation for me. And I know that you were doing it from a place of love and that you were trying to protect me, but I need to know that, going forward, if something terrible happens, we will figure out what to do together. Yeah, no, I-I will never go rogue again. I’m serious. No, I know, I know. So am I. Willow, look. We are a team, okay? And I-I am so sorry that I made you feel like we weren’T. You know, I think the most prudent course of action is — is to exit. Why? Didn’t you say you were single and ready to mingle? I would never say it in such base terms, but…yes, that is the general idea. So what? Are you worried that maxie’s gonna see you talking to other women? How many times must I tell you? Maximista is a — is a non-issue. Okay, then I don’t see the problem. Okay, so let’s take this opportunity to come up with some ideas for the new faces of deception campaign. Are we — are we at the office? I could have sworn we were at the savoy to have some fun. Lucy, no more work talk. Uh, well, unfortunately, we cannot afford to take the night off. No, ma’ams, because tracy is out to decimate us. Honestly, I think tracy wants deception to succeed. Aha! Then she has you exactly where she wants you. So much for girls’ night.

[ Metal banging ] Any luck? I’m sorry, brook lynn. Don’t be sorry.

[ Shivers ] What are the odds that both space heaters are on the fritz? Pretty good, considering they’re usually used at the same time, so the propane probably runs out at the same time, too. Yeah, I probably should have checked that. Oh, stop. Look, we’ve got blankets and body heat. Come under so you don’t freeze. Okay, but first, paE. Ooh. There we go. Here, get under. For the most beautiful woman in the world. You are the sweetest. Thank you. Is this better? Much. I promise this will be a valentine’s day to remember, one we’ll tell our grandchildren about. The night granny got frostbite. What was that? Nothing.

[ Shivers ]

[ Chuckling ] Do you know how lucky you are that dante is on the force? If you would have been brought in for processing, you would have a record right now, one that would follow you when you apply to colleges. Colleges? Mom, I’m 14. Yes, exactly. Way too young to be drinking or — or sneaking out or lying to us in general. Danny, you could have been hurt.But I didn’t — that’s not the point. Mom, you’re making way too big a deal out of this!You are too young to be drinking period, let alone in the park! Fine. Lesson learned, okay? No, I’ll be the judge of that. You’re grounded. What? Give me your phone. Mom. Phone. Now. How long? I don’t know, maybe until you learn enough responsibility to get it back. That is so unfair. Oh, well. And so hypocritical. What’s that supposed to mean? Like you didn’t have a drink at my age. Sonny, dex is not the traitor in your organization. Ms. Spencer, it’s okay. No, it’s not okay. Carly, I know you want to protect dex for josslyn’s sake, but I have proof. He admitted he’s working for somebody else. But he refuses to tell me who it is. Listen to me. Brick believed me enough to tell me you were here, okay? You can’t do this. He’s working for the bastard who wants to take me down, carly. What do you want me to do? No, he’s not. He’s not, sonny. Okay. Please, take her out of here now. Wait, no. No, no, no!

[ Stammers ] You — no! Damn it, sonny. Dex is not working for some other mob organization. He’s working for me.

So, is there an etafor this comet or what? I’m sorry. We can go back into the house if you want. I just — I wanted to show you how special you are to me, make this the best valentine’s day ever. Can I be straight with you? You better be. I don’t really even care about valentine’s day. It’s just a commercial money grab to make single people feel like crap.

[ Laughs ] Why are you laughing? Because I feel the same way.

[ Laughs ] As a matter of fact, I wasn’t drinking when I was 14. I don’t feel too good. That’s understandable. I’m going to the bathroom. Do you need help? I got it. Danny. You know that if you’re ever in trouble or need a ride, you can just call me or dante, no questions asked. Well, I mean, there will be questions, you know, eventually, but not off the top. We just want to keep you safe, that’s all.

[ Groans ] “Have kids,” they say. “It’ll be wonderful and fulfilling,” they say. Ah, you wouldn’t trade it for anything. No, I wouldn’T. But, dante, I wasn’t prepared for this. Danny is going to be a handful. Okay, maybe not. Maybe he learns from his mistake. This wasn’t just some mistake. I mean, forget about him putting himself in physical danger. My son lied to me. Yeah, okay. I mean, more of, like, a lie of omission, though. Whose side are you on? Yours. Yours, always. Just you. My son lied to me. And my response was to lie right back. Hi. It’s me for the gazillionth time. Could you please, please just call me back, okay? I — I really miss you.

And now I know the way I’ve always known I’m so glad that spinelli staying with you is working out. I wasn’t really worried about it. He’s my best friend. What was it like… before? When we were together? It was…great. It just didn’t work out. Have you ever thought about trying again? Once or twice.

Show me you with no defenses draw me closer unto the shore if it’s darker like the ocean I will mend it the way it was before ’cause I’m happy in our harbor we forget about the world oh, it’s such a good place yeah, it’s such a safe place and I’m happy in our harbor it’s a haven we call home a haven we call home hold on to him. I hired dex to keep an eye on you. Why would you do that, carly? For you. For me? For our children. Okay. I need some privacy. Can you check and see if she was followed? You were getting in deep with pikeman, and you didn’t have anyone to watch your back. I don’t believe you. Look, I — I wasn’t going to let anything happen to you. I wasn’t going to let donna lose her father. Somebody deposited a large amount of cash into dex’s secret bank account this past year. Couldn’t have been you because you lost all your money when the merger fell through. I found a way. You found a way? You’re going to do anything, you know, for your daughter’s boyfriend. Sonny, dex has saved your life multiple times. Hell, he saved ava. Why would he do that if he was working for someone else? To be more convincing. I know when the deposits happened. After dex was shot protecting you at the warehouse, and after the attack on the island. How would I know that if I wasn’t the one paying him? You’re covering for someone. No. I’m not. And the only people you would be protecting would be your family. It’s michael.

[ Chuckling ] It’s michael, isn’t it?

I didn’t realize that you were interested in spinelli that way. I’m not. But then sometimes I am. I — it’s really confusing. I’m familiar. Spinelli is… he’s a gem. His giant heart, his quirky sense of humor. You would learn a new vocabulary word every day.

[ Both chuckle ] Any woman would be lucky to be with spinelli. So why can’t that woman be you? I was definitely no angel when I was a kid. No way. Get out of town. Yeah. I mean, I was drinking when I was 14. Worse. Okay. So, see, what danny’s doing is kind of what every teenager’s done. And what parent hasn’t whitewashed their past? I just don’t like not being honest with him. But you are being honest with him, virtually about everything except for this one thing, and so he doesn’t take it the wrong way and use it as permission to get drunk. Yeah, I know. It’s not that I think he’s going to be an alcoholic or anything like that. It’s a little more than that. He’s jason’s son. And he reminds me more and more of him every day. Yeah, I can see that. So let’s be real. Jason was an adrenaline junkie. He took insane chances, and he was drawn to danger. And in the end, it killed him. That’s not going to happen to danny. I’m no stranger to adrenaline chasing, either, for different reasons than jason, but… dante, I was wild. Okay. Listen. Look at me. The fact that you’re thinking about all this, the fact that it’s on your radar, makes you one of the good parents, okay? Danny’s gonna be alright, not because of what his parents did, but because of who they are. And I’m gonna be right there to help you out whenever you need it. Alright? Capiche? Capiche. I was supposed to be apologizing to you. No, I — look, I heard everything you said, and I’m grateful, but that doesn’t make it okay that I lied to you. Look, I just — willow, I didn’t — I didn’t want you to be disappointed yet again, knowing how hard it was for you to try yet again, to give nina an opening yet again and to share your children with her — yet again. And, look, there’s another layer to it. What? It’s just, the relationship that you have with nina is the exact opposite of the relationship that I have with my mom. I mean, my mom, she understands me, and she’s — she’s by my side. Even when she’s mad, she’s — she’s still with me, you know? It’s like, it’s — it’s unconditional. Yeah. So me going to my dad first, that was about me, because I knew that it would — it would hurt less to disappoint him than it would be to disappoint you. So if I’m understanding this correctly, you hid something from me because you love me so much. Yeah. And I overreacted because I love you so much. If the underlying factor here is love, what are we doing? I don’t know. I know our life won’t always be perfect, and I know it’s unrealistic to think that we’ll never fight again. We will. But this marriage, this family, it —

[ Sighs ] It means everything to me. And I want us back to the way we were. Are you ready for bed? If you don’t care about valentine’s day, why’d you go to all this trouble? Because I care about you. I wanted to make tonight special. And I figured since you’re such a romantic — you think I’m a romantic? Of course. You wouldn’t be able to write the songs that you write. You’ve got such a big heart. You’re one to talk, mr. Literal knight in shining armor. Ever since the moment I met you. When you clocked me in the head with a beer bottle?

[ Chuckles ] You have shown me how much you care about me every day. I hope I do the same. And then some. So we don’t need to, like, make today more special just because of a stupid date. Great. Okay. Let’s go home.

[ Laughs ] Yes. Here. Whew! You good? Whoa, whoa, brook lynn, look.

[ Gasps ] Wow. Maybe there’s such a thing as valentine’s day magic after all. Maybe there is. Am I right? Michael initially hired dex, yes. To take me down? That’s how it started, but things changed. What things changed? Michael couldn’t go through with it. He said it would cause too much pain, especially for donna and avery. But you stayed? Because I asked him to. To spy on me? No! You have to remember how things were then, sonny! You chose nina over your family. And things were way off with pikeman. We needed dex in there in case things went south. You continued to let this happen because you thought I couldn’t run my own business? You thought I wasn’t strong enough to take care of myself?

I don’t know. It’s hard to imagine loving anyone the way I loved nathan, you know? I’m sure you feel the same way about brando. I did. Until I realized that I won’t love someone the same way. It will be different. It has to be. Doesn’t mean that it can’t be great. I’ve put spinelli through the wringer more times than I can count. I can’t do that again. Then don’T. Uh, yes, well, keep me apprised, and I can come home if need be. Everything alright?

[ Sighs ] James isn’t sleeping. He keeps making excuses to get out of bed. Uh-huh. Well, you — you know you wouldn’t know that if you hadn’t called, right? But now that you are apprised, uh, why don’t you maybe fill maxie in? You think? Well, yeah, it is her son. That’s true. It’s only appropriate that she’s in the loop, right? That is a valid point. And now’s your chance. The “girls’ night only” police have left the table. Feel better? The room stopped spinning. That’s progress. Are you still mad? No, but you and I will have a conversation about this in the morning, and we’ll set some ground rules, okay? Okay. Still no phone? No phone. Hey. Saved me a trip. I was going to bring this up to you. Have like 18 of those, you’ll feel better.

[ Chuckles ] Thanks. Yeah. Good night. Good night. Good night. Danny. I love you. Love you, too, mom. Hello. Ah, hello. All good? Maxie is explaining that james has a crush on the babysitter, and that’s why he keeps getting up. I’ve been there. Haven’t we all? Who was your first crush? Mr. Ryder, my fourth-grade science teacher. He was completely oblivious. Mm, was he, though? God, I would hope so. At least teachers and babysitters are unattainable. It’s different when your crush could actually like you back. Like maxie and spinelli. What? What? You just — wait — okay, it’s obvious that spinelli has feelings for maxie, but the way that you just said that, that’s — no, no, I-I said nothing… you — …because I would never betray a friend’s confidence like that. Okey-dokey. Alright. Subject of maxie is closed. Now, my friend spinelli, however, I know that you would never just stand by and let him put his heart on the line if he didn’t have a chance. You would discourage him, however subtly, from risking their friendship. Right? Sounds like something I would do. My favorite part was when james told her his tongue was itchy. So, is there anything you feel the need to tell mr. Spinelli? Nope. Not a thing. You and michael went behind my back ’cause you thought I was weak? No. Sonny, you know better than anyone you can’t survive in this business alone. I’ve been surviving for 30 years! Plus, I had brick. You didn’t have brick! And the only one around you was nina, and I sure as hell wasn’t going to trust her. So you were helping me by lying to me? I-I was trying to protect you! Okay. We have not seen eye to eye about nina, right? Right, yes. And I accepted all that. But I never in my life would think that you would betray me like this. I was trying to help you. I was not trying to betray you. And if you can’t see that, then you’re further gone than I thought! Don’t try to justify it, because you can’T. Sonny? Sonny!

I should beat a hasty retreat before, uh, lucy accuses me of sabotaging girls’ night.

[ Chuckles ] Truth? I’m having way more fun hanging out with you. Well, that makes two of us. Anyone who sees maxie and spinelli together can tell that they’re a good match. But it’s hard when you’ve tried before, and you couldn’t make it work. Maybe it just wasn’t the right time, you know? Maybe somebody’s missing out on something great. And by somebody, I mean maxie and spinelli. Yeah. Of course.

[ Chuckles ] Obviously. Mm. You know, I kind of wish I knew you as a kid.

[ Chuckles ] No, you don’T. Yeah, I do. I told you. I was wild. I would’ve eaten you for breakfast. Is that so? Yeah. Wild. But lucky for you, I’m reformed now. Well, I don’t know how lucky that is. Uh, reformed’s good, but a little wild is — is good for everybody, too. Wild? Yeah. How wild? I don’t know. Why don’t we go upstairs and you can show me what you got?

[ Grunts ]

[ Laughs ]

[ Sighs ] Are you okay? Are you? Yeah. Sonny would have killed me if you hadn’t shown up. I can’t believe you did. Home or the office, boss? Just — just keep driving. Michael: Dad, no matter who you’re with, you’ll always have a place in wiley and amelia’s lives. You know, I love those kids. And I hated being estranged all those months. It’ll never happen again. And I-I hope that you’ll — you’ll choose to — be a part of my life, too. Are you still cold? Starting to warm up. Hold on to what we thought we knew I’m holding onto you when I’m haunted and seeing your ghost fall asleep next to me I wanna be closer, I wanna be closer I wanna be closer to you I wanna be closer, I wanna be closer I wanna be closer to your love I wanna be closer, I wanna be closer I wanna be closer to you I wanna be closer, I wanna be closer I wanna be closer to your love ooh happy anniversary, baby. Happy valentine’s day. Happy everything.

[ Laughs ] I have… wanted to do that for so long. Mm-hmm, me, too. Was it worth the wait? Mm-hmm. When I think about… everything that we had to overcome to get here, all the challenges, the heartbreaks… and look at us. We’re still stronger than ever. It tells me that we’re built to last and that together, we can get through anything. Anything.

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well, he’s in better spirits today. Yeah. Me too. I, uh — I’m really glad that he was able to sleep through the night. Poor little baby has been shuttled between so many different homes, and he’s not even a year yet. You will give him all the love and stability he needs.

[ Knock on door ] Oh. I’ll get it. Here. Okay. There you go.

[Straining] Oh, my, goodness.

[ Laughs ]

[ Grunts ] Ahh. Hiya, baby sister, how are you? Marty! -I’m good. -There he is! There he is! Uncle marty! Apologies for coming over, uh, unannounced, you know. Oh. That’s okay. What brings you by? I-I’ve got some very important paperwork for you. It concerns your — your grandson. This is a nice surprise. May I join you? Uh, y-yeah. I suppose I can handle another cup of coffee before I start packing. Today is my last day living at the metro court. Oh, I hope you’re not moving back to the west coast. No. I’m moving in with finn. Yeah, it seemed like the thing to do, considering. Congratulations. Not only will you be living with your adorable granddaughter, but finn is a decent backgammon player. You won’t be bored.

[ Both laugh ] That is all the dough you’re gonna get out of me. -Mnh! -Ohh! Could you two guys be a little less conspicuous, please? You’re gonna frighten my customers. Sorry. Sonny just wants you to have extra security right now. Yeah, but you and frank? Both of you? I think that’s a little excessive, don’t you? Trina! Hey. Is everything okay? Oh. Yeah. Yeah. What are you doing here? Um, I’m just all cried out. I need a distraction. I know that you hired someone else, but — you can — you can come back here anytime. You know that. You know, I’m putting up a new show, and I would really love your input. Okay. Don’t worry, boss, I’ve got eyes on him. Good. Don’t let him out of your sight. You — you found something on dex? Yeah. You’re gonna want to hear this. Yes! You seem very excited and happy today. Oh, my god. I was so unsure about taking over the role as editor in chief, but since I saved the prinzer & golden account, I feel like I’m coming into my groove! I mean, we came up with the best ideas last night. I knew you could do it. You are gonna be the best editor crimson has ever seen. Okay. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, alright? I still have to get the first issue out. But from what I’ve seen, it’s gonna be great.

You’re great. Aww. Uh… what the hell?!

Hey, hey. Don’t worry. Wiley’s off to school. Amelia’s been fed. Actually, she drank from the sippy cup. I think she’s starting to get used to it. You did all that? Mm. Why didn’t you wake me up? I figured you could use an extra hour before work. Here you go. Wow. It is so nice when someone else makes the coffee. Yeah, you are so not a morning person. Guilty. I did not mean to pass out down here last night. Where did you sleep? On the chair. It’s not the first time. I used to — I used to sleep there when you were sick. You took such good care of me. Yeah, well, you paid me back by getting better. It was really nice having you here last night. Yeah. I liked it, too. -Are you crazy? -Tracy, are you okay? She’s a lunatic! I always knew she’d go off the deep end someday. Oh, goody. Floor show’s about to start!

[ Laughs ] That’s our cue to cut this date short, as pleasant as it has been. Date? I misspoke. I rarely associate omelets and toast with dates. But listen. Before we go… a colleague gifted to me two tickets to the port charles metropolitan ballet. Are you interested? I’m really not much into the ballet scene. Um, try alexis. Well, I confess. I asked alexis first. She’s booked. I’ll try not to be too insulted. I could have picked a more opportune time, I suppose. Gregory chase was in her office, still mad at me that I argued the malpractice suit against his son. The hell’s the matter with you? Oh, just be grateful. It could have been a lot worse. Because this — this friend of yours has systematically destroyed my life. Oh, please. I gave you an out. Thanks to my kind companion, I went to martin and I explained that I had been misleading him and that you, in fact, were true blue. Oh, gee! Thank you. Well, your change of heart came just a little too late. Too late for what? Oh! [ Laughs ] This is rich. Am I missing something? You did really sleep with scott baldwin.

[ Laughs ] I took the liberty of, uh, doing up the paperwork for your petition before I left. And the forms are all ready for you, baby sister. Whenever you make that decision, you just put down your john hancock.

[ Chuckles ] A petition for what? Well, to — to legally adopt ace. Who the hell is in charge here?! It’s not safe. You shouldn’t be here. This is my office! What the hell is going on?! I got this, aldo. I got this. Go on about your business. Thank you. I appreciate you. Nina. What the hell is happening? I am so very, very sorry. There was a flood a few floors above, and it leaked into the walls last night. The building notified all the employees on the floor to stay home today. You didn’t get that? Aurora has got a lease. You can’t come in here and rip out all of our offices. Well, check the lease because as owner of the metro court, I am allowed to address all safety and health matters. See, the construction team needs to get into the walls to repair the damage, and, more importantly, they needed to dry up the water to prevent the mold from spreading. And, obviously, some of the fiber-optic cables needed to be temporarily replaced. So the internet on the floor is down. But not to worry — because this isn’t a long-term project. The crew should be out of here in three days or so. And the deadline for my first issue is tomorrow. But then again, you knew that, didn’t you? You remember I did an in-depth background check on dex last year — came back clean. But now it seems dex came into a huge windfall — twice in the last year from some untraceable shell corporation. Twice? When were these payments? The first one was right after you were attacked last march. The second one was just last week. The day after you and ava were targeted on your island.

I think there must be some mistake. Kevin and I were only going to watch ace until nikolas gets out of jail. Baby sister, come on. Nikolas confessed to kidnapping. It’s gonna be quite some time before he’s even eligible for parole. I’ve already been talking to him about ceding his parental claim to you. You what?! Yeah. Don’t forget — heather webber and her brother has ties to this little guy. I did see heather at esme’s grave. She is interested in ace. Oh, my gosh. So… cyrus got out of jail early. If heather, god forbid, managed to do the s– exactly. God forbid. Now, you would most likely win if they ever decided to challenge your guardianship, but I think the wisest course of action is for you to have permanent custody, and the best way to do that is for you to officially become ace’s parent of record.

[ Laughs ] Ooh, I love it when I’m right! I am right about you, lucy coe. You cannot resist scott baldwin. Just shh! Just zip it! Do you want to announce that to every single person in the restaurant? Do you think anyone would be surprised? You have been having your tawdry affair with scott on the installment plan. A few years on, a few years off, and now you’re back on. How long have you been sleeping with scott? I haven’t! I haven’T. Well, I-I mean, since marty and I broke up. Well, I am not responsible for your rebound choices. You, however, are definitely responsible for my dry-cleaning bill. But you are responsible for orchestrating all — all of this. You had scott romance me with the intention of swindling me out of my deception shares. And now you’re whining because I paid you back. Perhaps you could afford to be gracious in victory. Really? Hm. I like gloating.

[ Chuckles ] Okay. If you insist. If martin is open to it, I would be willing to try to mend fences. Fat chance. He is sending all my calls to voicemail. Actually, I-I spoke with martin this morning to thank him for his help with finn, and he mentioned he was going to his sister’s to drop off some — laura. Perfect. She will know exactly how to make marty forgive me. Thank you. Ta. “Ta”? Oof! Scott baldwin was romancing you? I said he tried. Only lucy coe would think that he had a prayer of succeeding. And you’re immune to mr. Baldwin’s charms?

[ Laughs ] Charms? Um… once, in a spectacular moment of bad judgment, I did get close to scott. How close? Close. Blame it on the ’90s. The good news is, I learned my lesson. Obviously, lucy never will. How many of wiley’s magic tricks did you sit through last night? Uh, four. But he is getting really good with the ball one. I know, right? Yeah. It was good having you home last night. It — it felt right.

[ Knock on door ] Hi. Hi. I’m so sorry to interrupt. I was on my way to see dex, and I found this in the car.

[ Willow gasps ]Amelia’s lovey. There it is! Thank you so much, joss. Yeah. I, uh — I have to get ready for work, but michael can make you some coffee if you want. Okay? Okay. Well? Well, you want some coffee? No. I want the tea. Spill, please. What, y-you spent the night last night? Are things back to normal? Yeah, well, we’re taking it a day at a time. There’s still a long way to go, but, yeah, we’re — we’re making progress. Oh, I’m so happy for you guys. And the kids. Nina is not worth you two fighting. Yeah, I agree. God, I just can’t wait for sonny to divorce nina so she is out of our lives. Yeah. I mean, I saw sonny actually yesterday. I have no idea what he’s gonna do about nina. Well, how was that, seeing sonny? Well, we talked, and I think things are better. Okay. Good. When there’s friction between you and sonny, it freaks me out ’cause I think it makes things more dangerous for dex.

[ Gasps ] Oh, no! Take it easy. I got it. I’m thinking the shell corporation was created with the sole purpose of funneling… money to dex. I don’t know who set it up yet, but it sure tells a story. Dex gets paid to tip them off to your location, your enemies, and, of course, to highlight your vulnerabilities. Why would he do this to josslyn? Maybe he used josslyn to get closer to you. It’s genuine. Maybe josslyn disapproves of his life with you. Yeah. She does. So it could be that dex is trying to get out of this life with her. What better way to avoid a bullet from you than to set you up to take one? Kerendia presents… the abcs of ckd a is for awareness, because knowing that your chronic kidney disease in type 2 diabetes could progress to dialysis is important. B is for belief that there may be more you can do. Just remember that k is for kidneys and kerendia. For adults living with ckd in type 2 diabetes, kerendia is proven to reduce the risk of kidney failure, which can lead to dialysis. Kerendia is a once-daily tablet that treats ckd differently than type 2 diabetes medications to help slow the progression of kidney damage and reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks. Do not take kerendia if you have problems with your adrenal glands or take certain medications called cyp3a4 inhibitors. Kerendia can cause hyperkalemia, which is high potassium levels in your blood. Ask your doctor before taking products containing potassium. Kerendia can also cause low blood pressure and low sodium levels. So now that you know your abcs, don’t wait. Kidney damage from ckd in t2d is not reversible. So ask your doctor about slowing your kidney damage with kerendia.

[]Did you know, there’s a way to cut your dishwashing time by 50%? Try dawn powerwash dish spray. It removes 99% of grease and grime in half the time. Dawn powerwash has 3 cleaning boosters not found in traditional dish soaps that remove food and grease 5 times faster. And, because it cleans so well you can replace multiple cleaning products for counters, stoves, and even laundry stains. Try dawn powerwash dish spray. Brand power, helping you buy better. Ou’re not insinuatingthat I’m trying to sabotage your next issue of crimson. I’m not insinuating anything. I’m accusing you. This has you written all over it. I am surprised that you would jeopardize the jobs of your former employees, you know, the ones that you claim to care so much about. The editors have backups of all their articles, templates, and spreads on the cloud. I’m sorry. You don’t know this? Yes, I know that. But coordinating all the backups from around the cloud would make us lose a day’s work, easy! Which means the issue will be late to the printers, which is exactly what you intended. My focus is on the hotel. I’m just wanting what’s best for the metro court. Really? So if I talk to olivia, the other owner of the metro court, is she gonna back up your story? I have authority to sanction emergency construction. Now, olivia could disagree and she could overrule me, but the process has already begun. It could take a few days or even more to get all the offices back together, even if we stopped. It’s certainly not cost-effective. So I think we all know it’s best to just let the repairs play out, and then you can come back when it’s all done. When it’s all done. I think I’ve heard enough. You will be hearing from my lawyer. Until then, i have a magazine to put out. Good luck! You go ahead. I, uh — I need to have a word with nina. Alright. Well… I will call you later. You keep playing with fire. See where it gets you. You really think doc finn capable of negligence? Mnh-mnh. But…it wasn’t my place to decide that. It was my job to present the strongest argument possible that dr. Hamilton finn was guilty of negligence and let the jury decide. Of course, the jury was never allowed to deliberate, so we’ll never know if my argument was convincing or not. Fair enough. The rule of law doesn’t always make for winning friends. Come on. You must have come up against that, certainly. Where you have the evidence to convict, but your gut is telling you that the defendant just might be innocent. Unfortunately, yeah. It’s happened. Where an innocent person has been played out in a system that’s not always fair. Well, maybe you and i together can try to make the system a little more fair. One day at a time. I’m so sorry I broke the stretcher! I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to do it! It’s not a problem. It’s why we have insurance, honey. Dex, please take that to the back room. My assistant will send it out for repair. You got it, ms. Jerome. Thank you. You see that? Crisis is finished. But it’s not, ava! I can’t stop — I can’t stop crying! It’s like everything I see, everything I hear reminds me of spencer. And it’s like I’m losing him all over again! And there’s a pit in my stomach. And I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I’m gasping for air. I don’t know how to live with this feeling. I can’t live with this feeling. I wish it was me who died instead of him. Don’t say things like that. I-I know the feeling, you know? And… when kiki died, I, um — I was in so much pain… that I didn’t want to live. Now, I would have done absolutely anything to trade places with her… to die so that she could live. But she was gone. And I was here. And I realized that I needed to stay here for avery. Sweetheart, just like you need to stay here for your mom and for curtis. You have such a strong, wonderful family, and they’re gonna get you through this, okay? And, truthfully, I’m — I’m forever grateful to spencer that he — that he did what he did. So you could live. Because you are here with me. And you and my avery, you girls are everything to me, sweetheart. Everything to me. I mean, I guess this is the obvious next step. It’s just that I hadn’t even considered it before. -Hm. -What did nikolas say? Who do you think gave me the permission to start the paperwork? Really? Hm. Just be honest, baby sister. Is this not something you want to consider? I’m not saying that. It’s just a lot to think about, you know? I know, but like I say, I just wanted to make sure that you were set up, you know? So the paperwork is right there. And, you know, when you make that decision, you want to cross that bridge, you got everything you need. Anyway, you’re gonna have to forgive me. I have to get out of here if I’m gonna make my flight. Now, I will be out of port charles for a while. I’m only a phone call away. Lord knows I’ll come back if you need me. Okay. I love you. Thank you so much. I love you. Travel safely. Alright?

[ Door opens ] Ah. So?

[ Door closes ] So… what are your thoughts? Well, everything my brother said makes a whole lot of sense. It would be better for little ace to have a permanent parent instead of a temporary guardian. But this is not just my decision to make. If you want to adopt him, I’m totally on board. No, kevin. We would adopt him. Together.

Hey. Ah. Is ace down for his nap? Yeah. Thankfully. Did I interrupt a call? No, I’m just moving around some appointments at the hospital so we can talk. Oh, I hate that you have to rearrange your schedule. This is so much more important. And it came completely out of the blue. But, kevin, I can’t imagine doing this without you. Which is why we need to spend some time with it. So…

[ Knock on door ] I’ll get it. Lucy! Hey, laura. Is it okay if I come in, please? Uh, yeah. Thank you. Um, I — I was so sorry to hear about spencer. It’s unbelievably tragic. I’m sorry. Thank you. Um, I was just wondering if — if martin’s around. I heard he was here. Uh, martin left just a little while ago. Darn it. You know, I need to catch up with him, and he’s avoiding all my phone calls. Do you know where he went, any chance? Uh, he said that he was going to visit his mother and that he was gonna be gone a while. What? He — he’s just leaving like that without even saying goodbye? Ohh. I cannot believe that tracy quartermaine did this to me! Okay. I did it. I did it to me. Like I always do, right? I just thought this time was different. I thought I was different. Why do I do this? Why do I always sabotage the very best things that happen to me? Maybe I just don’t deserve to be happy, right? That’s it. That’s ridiculous. Everyone deserves to be happy. Life is too short. Okay. Listen. Marty was just here, and — and after here, he was going straight to the airport. If you hurry up, you might be able to catch him before he gets on the plane. O-okay. Yeah. Thank you. Thank you, thank you. -Thank you. -You’re welcome. Ohh! Was that a little foolish maybe? [ Laughs ] No. That was generous. Which is exactly what I expect, because that’s who you are. Now, where were we before we were so rudely interrupted? Breaking story? Uh, no. Uh, it’s from finn. The move is on for this evening. Need any help? No, I just have a few things. Books, papers. Stuff like that. Figures. So, what brought this on? You know how fond I am of finn, but his place has limited space. I’ll manage. As to what brought this on, um, I’m starting to feel a little irresponsible living on my own. Especially since I’m trying to make it to the big wedding. No. Don’T. Don’t do that, please. Don’t do what? You’re the one person in my life who doesn’t give me that look. So don’t start now, please. I-I don’t want your pity. I don’t pity you. But I do know you, I think, a little. And I think you have reservations about this move, am I right? I don’t like depending on anyone, not even my family. And I know finn’s just trying to help, but I hate the idea of giving up my own agency. It’s been my greatest fear ever since I was diagnosed. I know at a certain point I’m — I’m not gonna have control over what my body does or even what happens to me. And the move? Forcing me to face that reality…

[ Sighs ] …Feels like this may be the first part of my final chapter. Diane, I’m so sorry to interrupt, but your assistant told me you’d be here. I need to talk to you. It’s an emergency. Ah. There goes the ballet tickets. I’ll be out of here. Don’t you move. What’s up, carly? I’ll give you three guesses on who’s trying to sabotage crimson. And the first two don’t count. I want all these walls checked. I mean, it’s better to replace all of them than have the mold spreading, right? Thank you, aldo. Get back to me as soon as you can. Was that your lawyer on the phone? Well, that’s a waste of time, ’cause everything I just did right now was completely legal, so don’t bother threatening me with a lawsuit. You made the choice to escalate. You’re gonna have to live with the fallout, nina. Well, it can’t be any worse than what has already happened to me. I lost my husband, my family, and my magazine. Sure, I regret some of the things that I’ve done. I have made mistakes — just like the rest of you. But I don’t understand why I continually have to pay for pointing out a crime that you and carly have committed. I am through with the injustice and the indignity of being the pariah. Legally, I did nothing wrong. But I am telling you this. I am not going to take it lying down anymore. Did you go to prison, nina? You don’t know the meaning of indignity and injustice. But believe me. You will. It’s not like dex is working for sonny against his will. I mean, he insists that he’s found purpose in sonny’s organization. Okay. Don’t remind me. Please. Just — there’s something else. This arrangement with dex, it’s gotten — it’s gotten more important lately. Um, dex is keeping everybody in our family safe. What does that mean? Things have gotten more dangerous lately. What are you talking about? The shooting in puerto rico? Yeah, well, the fact that somebody got to my dad on the island. And somehow they were apparently able to bypass security — means that they have inside access. Okay, so you’re saying it’s someone inside sonny’s organization? Sometimes the simplest explanation is true, that someone that sonny trusts sold him out. Has he made any calls? Sent any texts? Alright. I-I’ll be in touch. According to frank, dex is just doing his job, protecting ava. He’s not jumpy. He’s just… look, sonny. I was just presenting a theory. Yeah, but you’ve got a — a lot of evidence. So look. What are we going to do about this?

-Hey. -Oh, you got my text. Great. I was just telling diane how nina’s trying to undermine crimson — again. Great. Great. Tell me how we can strike back a-and teach nina not to mess with us. Yeah. This really does sound like my cue. I’ll talk to you later. Goodbye. It’s probably for the best. Any discussion about retaliation should be kept between attorney and client privilege, right? Carly: No one’s talking about retaliation. I just want to get our offices open as soon as possible so we can get the issue out on time. So that nina can sabotage the next issue? No, we got to shut her down! We can’t focus on nina. We can’t do that. If she’s a distraction, she’s getting what she wants. We need to think about the magazine.

Your magazine. Okay. Um… yeah. You — you do that. I just — I just need to take a break.

[ Sighs ] Why do I get the feeling that your frustration isn’t just with nina, that it’s also with drew? I’m really sorry about the painting. Ava: Mnh. I thought I was ready to come back to work, but I guess not. This grief. The sadness. Is it ever gonna go away? No. But it dulls, and somehow you get used to it. And between your mom and curtis and marshall and stella and me… we’re gonna get you through it, honey. Count on it. It’s peppermint and chamomile. Joss swears it helps calm her down, so I figured it was worth a try. Ava: Thank you. Trina: Thanks, dex. Let’s go. Wait. What? We’re supposed to watch ava. Change of plan. Well, if there’s a traitor inside sonny’s organization, then dex is in danger, correct? I don’t know. The thing is…um… everything okay? Yeah. Um, actually, I am meeting trina at the gallery, but it was so great to see you. Good to see you, too. Good to see you. And, um, we’ll just talk soon, okay? Michael: Alright. Uh…

[ Door closes ] Not that you asked, but, uh, joss and i were discussing a family matter concerning sonny. Is it something I need to know about for the kids’ safety? I don’t know. Look, if it becomes something that you need to know, I promise you, willow, I will tell you. Although you have every right not to believe me. Of course I believe you. Um, hi. Um, my boyfriend is on the flight to raleigh-durham, and I really need to get to him, and they won’t let me through security without a boarding pass. But I have to tell him something. Ma’am, they won’t let you through security without a boarding pass. Okay. I have to apologize. So just let me run down there. I won’t delay the flight. You can send a little guard with me. You can’t get through security without a ticket. Woman on P.A.: Passengers for flight 403 nonstop to raleigh-durham, we will begin boarding shortly. O-okay. Fine. I-I will buy a ticket. What’s the next flight? Uh, where would you like to go? We have a flight for bora bora, bangor, duluth? Ew. No. Not — not duluth. You know, they were so rude to me. I lost an earring at a coecoe cosmetics convention, and they were just not helpful at all. Duluth it is.

[ Chuckles ] Kevin, I know you didn’t sign up for this — I mean, you know, the idea of having a child. And having a baby at our age… it’s gonna be a daunting task. You’re right. For both of us. You’ve been a parent. You know what it takes.

[ Chuckles ] For me, outside of a brief stint as a step-parent with lucy, I… this would be a new experience for me. Yeah. I mean, if we become the parents of record, then ace will grow up with us. He will rely on us. It’s a huge responsibility. If you — if you have any hesitation, you should say so now.

Look who’s up from the shortest nap ever.

[ Both chuckle ] Alright, laura. You asked for the truth. So…here it is. I have never felt more a part of a family than I have since I married you. And I’ve seen your capacity for love and your children and your grandchildren and… your love for me has opened my heart in ways I never imagined. But… adopting a child at this stage of our lives is…complicated. Yeah, it’s a little crazy. Yeah. Yeah. But it feels right.

[ Gasps ] It feels like us. So like us. And if this is what you want, then I’m in. And I mean I’m all-in. What do you think? What do you think? Welcome home, little baby. Oh, I think he approves. I think he does.

[ Beeping ] Marty! Wait! Marty! He’s gone. I’m too late. He’s really gone. You have a lot of decisions you’re gonna have to make about your future, some sooner rather than later. But moving in with your family doesn’t have to be something that holds you back. I… come and go time and time again. But I always end up back at monica’S. Why? Because… as much as every single person in that house infuriates me… …living under the same roof with them, it — it feels like… home? Home. Look, I can’t blame drew for hating nina and wanting revenge after everything that she has done to him, but what I want — I want that parasite out of my life. Well, that’s easier said than done. Nina has considerable resources, and she’s obviously willing to devote all of them to undermining you. I know. And I’m — I’m still grieving my mom. And the last thing I want is to keep up a war with someone I truly don’t care anything about. And every move that drew makes to go after nina, it just keeps pulling me back into her twisted orbit. I want a list of everybody that’s done business with aurora that may be interested in working with nina reeves. It’s time that we draw a line in the sand. Aldo, how long will it take to put all this back together? We’re making good progress. We could be done… another day or two. Oh, no, no, no. That won’t do.

[Chuckling] Not at all. I want you to take all the time you need to make sure that this job is done correctly. Understood? I believe you regret the way you handled things. And I believe you wanted to protect us. And that’s why you did what you did. Yeah, but I — willow, I should have trusted that you could handle it. I mean, we’re always so much stronger when we’re together. I’m sorry I forgot that. And I appreciate you giving me the space I needed to process everything. But last night, having you here felt right. And I’m not saying I’m ready for everything to go back to the way it was. There are still things we have to work out, but… maybe you don’t go back to the main house. What if you come home… for good? That — that would mean the world to me, willow. A-are you sure that’s what you want? I’m willing to try, if you are. Okay. I’ve really got to go or I’m gonna be late. Michael: Okay. See you later. I’ll be home.

[ Door closes ]

[ Exhales heavily ] Josslyn: Trina. Hi. How’s it going?

[ Sighs ] I think I might have came back to work a little too soon. Oh. Sorry. Something smells really good. What is that? Is that peppermint tea? Yeah. Your boyfriend made it for us. Oh. Dex is here? Oh, he was. Just missed him. He seemed to have left in a hurry. Get in. Boss. What’s going on? How about you and I go for a little ride? <

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[ Knock on door ] Hi. You didn’t have to knock. This is — this is your home, too. Oh, I must have miscalculated my variables. But which one? Angle, force, centrifugal force? Let it go, spinelli. We’re not here to reprogram a satellite’s reentry vector or recode the internet.

[ Laughs ] You can’t recode the internet. Oh, although… forget it. I got lucky with the vector reference. And to be honest, I didn’t know if “recode” was a real word. Look around. Do you see any children we’re related to? Do you hear the sounds of highly emotional children yelling? Do you s ee a sign for deception?

[ Chuckles ] Do you hear the sounds of… well, highly emotional grown-ups yelling? Uh, I do not. That means we are not at home and I am not at work. So, let’s lighten up and not take this too seriously. Yes, but precision and accuracy is kind of the name of the game. No, no, no, no, no. We’re here to have a good time and throw pieces of sharpened steel at a wall. Okay. You’re right, you’re right. Um, so let the unwinding begin. Thank you. Yes. Okey-dokey. Well, this is fun. And sure, I love turning walls into kindling as much as the next guy. But what do you say we raise the stakes a little? What’d you have in mind? Well, I love that one of spencer. Yeah. You know, I couldn’t tell at the time, but looking at all of these, he really was so cute. -[ Chuckles ] -Mm. It’s no wonder everybody let him get away with, you know… all sorts of stuff.

[ Br eathes deeply ]Hey, why don’t we take a break? No. No, it’s fine. I’m fine. Are you sure? Because it’s not a race. We could just come back to it after we get a snack or something. I just don’t know if I should even be doing this. Why? Because me posting all of these photos of me and spencer, it’s like I’m making it about myself. My loss, my grief. But he was my friend. And he was laura’s family, and…he was the love of trina’s life. One drink, that’s all. Then I’ll let you get on with your regularly scheduled evening. Mm. When you called in the favor from the mayor’s office, I didn’t expect it to begin and end with me and a drink. Mm. Why’s that? Do you see me as someone with zoning and permitting issues? Oh, I imagine you can solve those all on your own.

[ Chuckles ] I think you need to consider the much bigger picture. This drink? It’s all a part of the plan. Mm. I didn’t take you for someone who plays the long game. People aren’t always what they seem. Jagger cates. Been a long time. And yet still not long enough. And it’s john now. Oh, is that on your identification? So, uh, so, what do I call you — agent cates or my old pal or…

[ Scoffs ] We were never pals, sonny. Yeah. But maybe we can change that.

Um, I was thinking we split into two teams. Whoever gets the most points wins. And what exactly do we win? Oh, please, not a certificate. I have enough junk on my fridge already. How ’bout bragging rights until the people I’m bragging to get bored with how much I brag about my triumph? Well, I was — I was thinking that the losing team would pay for the winning team to have a night out on the town. I don’t know. Why does everything have to boil down to some competition reliant on brute strength? Hatchet-throwing isn’t about strength, spinelli. It’s about finesse and — and teamwork, togetherness. Yeah. Come on, spinelli, it’ll be fun. How are we going to separate into teams? Well, I mean, obviously, the two faces of deception have got to stick together. Don’t you think? Absolutely. Mm-hmm. The more we’re in sync, the better for deception’s marketing. Fine by me. I’m happy to do my victory dance in both your gorgeous faces. Wow. I see your competitive streak remains undiminished. Yeah, you wouldn’t say that if you knew how many games of “go fish” I purposely lose to our kids.

[ Laughs ] What do you say, teammate? Of course. Debating with myself the whole drive here — should I knock or just let myself in? It — that’s okay. I’ve been picking up for the last half hour, but then I lose track of what I’m doing and have to start all over. Mm. Um… if — if you’re, like, you’re rethinking the invitation or anything, it’s okay. I can just grab the papers that — that drew left me and I can — I can go, no harm, no foul. I’m not rethinking it. I’m happy you’re here. So, you still want me to stay the night? I-I know you — you said you wanted me here in the morning because the kids would want to see me in the morning, but is it just for tomorrow or… or are you asking me to — to come home for good? You know, I was doing the dishes, and one minute, I’m totally fine, and the next minute,

[Voice breaking] I have tears streaming down my face. There’s nothing wrong with that. You have to feel how you feel. No, I know. And I know that I have my own loss to grieve, but I don’t know how to do that and be a support system for trina. I mean, if I post these photos, won’t that be shocking to her? What, she’s scrolling through social media, and then, bam, there’s spencer? I mean, I don’t want to make things worse for her. I think it says a lot about your friendship with trina that you’re being so considerate about this. I really do. When, um… when oscar died… a lot of people reached out, and they told me how much they missed him. And there were times that was the only thing that got me through the day. Trina knows that you suffered a loss, too. She wouldn’t want you to hide it. No, she wouldn’T. What you wrote about spencer is — is straight from the heart and so beautiful. That’s a message to be shared. Excuse me for a second. I’m going to put in our order. Oh, the server should be here any second. A woman such as yourself should never be kept waiting. I’ll be right back. Dex, good to see you. Yeah. You, too, brick. Can I buy you a drink? No, thank you. I’m on call for sonny tonight, so I’m sticking with soda. But how ’bout I buy you one instead? What I’m planning to sip this evening might be above your pay grade. Maybe. Let’s find out. Frank. This won’t take long. We had our problems back in the day. That’s what you’re calling them? “Problems”? Whatever you want to call it, it was a long time ago. Things change. That may have been a long time ago for you, sonny, but it was yesterday for me. Yeah, well, you know, I did some things back then that I regret, but… …losing your brother was —

[ Scoffs ] After everything, you can’t say his name. Can’t say his name?

[ Laughs ] I named my son stone as a middle name because I considered, you know, stone family. Wow. Well, god help your family. Be careful. I am not here to talk about stone or karen or any part of our past. Okay, so what are you here to talk about? Are you here to tell me that the feds are going to look into my business? Or are you coming after me, john?

[ Chuckles ]

[ Laughs ] Nothing would make me happier than to see you behind bars. We both know that’s where you belong, and we both know all the reasons why, past and present. Then stop talking about it and take your best shot. I am not in port charles to take you down, sonny. I am here to save your life.

[ Chuckles ]

Okay, send. It’s out there. It’s a beautiful post. Mm. It really is. It captures who spencer was and your relationship with him. Yeah, well, I was really lucky to know him for so many years, even though sometimes he annoyed me so much it didn’t feel like it.

[ Carly and drew chuckling ] Well, that just means that you guys were really friends, that you really saw him, you know — the good, bad, and everything in between. Yeah. The good was really good.

[ Cellphone chimes ] Oh, sorry. Oh, no, not you, too. What is it? Another advertiser threatening to pull out?

[ Sighs ] Triton luxury hotel and cruises. I’m not dealing with it right now. I’m not. I can’T. No, no, no, I got this one. I know the cfo. Let me handle this. I — [ Sighs ] It’s gonna be okay. Thank you. Yes. Okay. Thank you. Trina saw my post, and she loved it. See? I told you. Yeah. Now everyone is sharing their memories of spencer, and it’s great. Drew was right. Yeah, well, he frequently is.

[ Chuckles ] And it drives me crazy because sometimes I want to be right. But since it’s drew, it’s okay.

[ Both laugh ] Man, when I think of everything he’s done for our family and the fact that he can even make you smile through times like this, it’s amazing. He’s an impressive guy. I’m very grateful he’s in our lives. Does this night out include free babysitting? Sure. And what am I potentially paying for — an entire evening or just a dinner? I was thinking, you know, four hours? Enough for dinner and a movie. Or wine night at a spa. Okay, well, the event has to be something that both parties want to enjoy. And I don’t enjoy greasy hands poking me in the name of health and healing. I’ll think of something else. What about tips and parking? Someone needs to write this down. Maxie! I thought a bet would be fun. Not — not involve lawyers. Please. Fine. You’re on. Alright. Um, cody, might I have a word? Sure. No lawyers. What are you doing? Dude, I’m helping you get a date with maxie. No, no, no, no, no. Stop helping. Why? Why?

[ Breathes deeply ] You guys have been toggling back and forth between parent mode and — and roommate mode for way too long. Tonight, maxie needs to see another side of you. A sexy side. My sexy side has been best described as…subtle. I bet you got some moves. I’ve seen how you work a keyboard. I don’t know where you’re going with this, but please stop immediately.[ Chuckles ] Alright, alright. You’re an information guy, right? What do you got, like, some incredible playlists? I bet you got stuff no one’s ever even heard of, right?

[ Sighs ] Are you an aromatherapy wiz? What? You got something. Okay, look, before you — before you derailed my train of thought by detailing my failed dating profile, I was trying to relay that… I’m not interested in — in maximista. I don’t believe you. Oh, so that’s it, then? You — you say it, and it must be so? Look, you’re a good guy. You’re a good dad. You’re a genius with tech. You’re a total catch. Why don’t you just go for it, man? My relationship with maxie is purely platonic, okay? There was a time when we tried to make it more than that, and it became very clear that we’re better off as friends. So, despite your cupidinous, it’s going to stay that way. Okay, in the interest of full disclosure, this is not the first time I’ve been to a hatchet range. I’m not sure I’m hearing you right. You come into my office, tossing around accusations about things that happened 30 years ago. They were more than accusations. I don’t remember us, you know, having, uh, angel wings back then. Karen did. Yeah, karen did. And you married her, you cheated on her, and she divorced you. I guess none of us did right by her. You did a helluva lot worse than cheating. Alright, you know what? There are things that I did back then that I would have done differently. But this is when you’re going to shut your mouth because I let you come in here, get in my face, take a couple shots because I thought you were entitled to a couple shots. But you’re done. Your freebies are used up. Now, if this were 30 years ago — and you know this, john — I wouldn’t have given you this latitude. Oh, you’ve mellowed with age? Well, I’ve gotten smarter. I don’t have to prove it to you. That much is true. Then what are you doing standing here, talking about saving my life? Oh, trust me, it’s nothing i want to be doing. I would rather see you rot. That’s what you deserve. But as an fbi agent, it is my duty to notify you that you are in danger. You know what? I don’t care because I-I’m — I’m doing just fine. I don’t need any help from the feds. Oh, well, I guess I got it wrong, then. You got what wrong? Imagine my concern when my colleagues and I discovered that you were the target of a very public attack in an action area filled with civilians. You’re talking about — the metro court shooting. Trust me when I tell you we know more than you think. We know that curtis ashford was a bystander — collateral damage. We know that either you or anna devane may have been the intended target. But our assessment is that that bullet was meant for you. Thank you. Been, uh, saving for a rainy day. How much rain do you think you’re gonna get? Looks like you’re fixing to build an ark. You never know. That’s true. That’s true. You never know. I appreciate the drinks. Take care. Enjoy your evening. Sorry to keep you waiting. It won’t happen again. Oh, thank you.Thank you. So, what should we toast to? Your secret plan?

[ Chuckles ] We can toast to whatever you like.

[ Chuckles ] But I won’t be keeping any secrets from you. Oh, so much for the “secret” part of the plan. I know you’re only here with me because you felt you owed me a favor. Oh, that’s not true. Well, not entirely true. It’s alright. I don’t mind a bit. How many chances does a guy like me get to be seen with a woman like you?

[ Scoffs ] Okay. Beautiful, intelligent, accomplished. I consider myself quite a lucky man, but not that lucky. But you see, it’s all a part of the plan.

Tell me everything before they get back. Did you and cody finally admit you’re crazy about each other and should be dating? Maxie, your romance-colored glasses are distorting your vision. Are you sure? Maybe you should get yourself a pair. Cody and I did actually talk, and we both decided that it’s better we stay friends.

[ Scoffs ] For the time being. Congratulations. That sounds very adult and mature of you, but I don’t get it. If a great guy were into me, I’d be with him in a heartbeat. Okay. Quick question. How good are you with a hatchet? How good is anyone? I just meant, you know, you want to have fun, not stress out about it, okay? Well, I won’t, because I won’t be participating in this charade. Okay, so, what you want to do is have kind of a firm but loose grip on the handle. That’s contradictory. Bring it up past your ear. You don’t want to tilt left or right. Aim with your elbow, lead with your chest. Lead — aim with your elb– yep. Okay. Alright, well, maybe you’ll find your inner viking once we get going. Mine’s gonna be sitting this one out. What does that mean? Nothing. I just mean I feel an off night coming. You’re going to cheat. That’s dishonorable. Dude, do you want a date with maxie or not? Okay, ladies, why don’t you pick up your hatchets? And, uh, may the best team win. Drew was so wonderful when your grandmother passed away. I mean, sure, I could have handled it all on my own, but I didn’t have to. He was with me every step of the way. One more reason to be grateful for him. Are you okay? Crisis averted. Oh, actually, I’m so sorry. I’ve got to go. I’m meeting dex at the savoy. I’m surprised you’re up for that. Uh, so was dex, but one of his favorite bands is playing. And, honestly, just being with him and listening to music is exactly what I need right now. Oh. I hear that. Okay. Okay. I love you. I love you, too. Thank you so much. Yeah, of course. Anytime. -I’ll see you guys soon. -Okay. Oh. [ Sighs ] I wish I could spare her this kind of grief, you know? Just add it to the list of things we want to spare our kids.

[ Laughs ] Yeah, that’s a long list. And it’s getting longer every day. I appreciate what you said to her earlier. She thinks the world of you. I think the world of her, too. I just — I hope that I can always live up to her expectations. Well, if you managed to talk triton off the ledge, you’d be my hero, too. Yeah.

[ Laughs ] So, about that… what? What about it? Are they going to extend their contract? Come on, tell me. Actually, that’s up to you. I wish I could tell you, but I don’t know yet. And that’s — that’s okay. It’s okay. I-I’ll wait as long as it takes. ‘Cause

when I –if I-I move back in again, I-I want you to be fully confident in your decision. Part of me is worried that if we, you know, rush back in and pretend as if nothing happened, someday we’ll end up back here in the very same position.

[ Sighs ] Yeah. I-I-I get it. I [Scoffs] — I have the exact same fear. I try not to think about it because… …I just — I dread the thought, especially now. Why now?

[ Sighs ] Because I’m trying to put the things that I wrecked back together again and do it right. I mean, before I came here, I went to go talk to my dad, and I came clean about everything. That must have been difficult. Yeah, well, I owed it to him to be honest, including how I blackmailed nina. That couldn’t have been easy for him to hear. Or for you to say. No, it — it wasn’T.

[ Sighs ] Yeah, it’s — it’s going to take a while for me and my dad to get back to who we were again, but at least we’re being honest with each other. Well, I’m happy to hear that there’s hope. Hope is where it all starts. Yeah, you know, willow, there wouldn’t — there wouldn’t have been any without you, because if you — if you didn’t encourage me, I wouldn’t have gone and talked to him. I thought it was a lost cause. Maybe I don’t believe in lost causes. Well, lucky me.

[ Chuckles ] What you did was… misguided. But I know you. I know you, michael, and nothing is more important to you than protecting the kids and me. I know your intentions were good. Just my methods you have a problem with. At the end of the day, it’s not about what you’ve done. It’s about what you’re doing to make things right. You’re telling me you got a string of hits on mob guys across the country, and you think they’re all connected? We know they’re connected. Well, what are you talking to me for? Because I’m a coffee importer. You’re also the target of a shooting. Well, you know, the coffee biz has been pretty rough the last couple of years — climate change. The fbi knows the pool shooting was connected to the others. Same M.O. On the shooter, same type of firearm, same target profile. Sounds like you know everything. Why don’t you go catch the guy? Give me a break, sonny. I know you’re not sitting around doing nothing. You’re looking for the shooter, too. But I have the resources to catch this guy. Then do it. If you cooperate and tell me what you know, I can end this quick and neat. Jagger, you want my help? All you got to do is ask.

Anytime that there’s a change at the top, advertisers get a little bit nervous. I-I was expecting some phone calls. As many as there have been? There haven’t been that many. Look, I sang your praises to the guy at triton. I explained that the hit piece that gemma wrote for the gazette, that was just what it was — it was a hit piece. I hate that you have to do this for me. What? Tell the truth? You are the right person for the job. The fact that you got salvadore back to deception for the cover shoot proves just that. And even triton knew who salvadore was. Well, I’m not surprised. I may have been a little too convincing, to be honest. Why? What do you mean? Well, triton is going to stay at crimson…

[ Breathes sharply ] …If and only if you are going to be the editor-in-chief for the long haul. Oh, drew! Come on! That was not the plan. That doesn’t mean that it’s not a good plan. Look, all we got to do, just…

[ Sighs ] …We present a united front, right? We show a little stability, we eke out a little bit of growth, and then we’re on our way. I don’t know. I don’t — you are the right person for the job. And I know it’s early days. But you like the work. I can tell you like the work. Just admit it. Okay, fine. Okay, fine. Yes. I mean, the more that I settle into the role, the more I enjoy it, but nina’s not going to make it easy. She has connections in the fashion industry, throughout the whole thing, and she’s already seizing every opportunity to sabotage me. I cannot believe that woman. She sends me to prison, she nearly gets me killed, and she’s still not satisfied. Because it’s nina. She’s petty, and she’s vindictive, and she’s not going to stop. Not until we stop her. I’m gonna get michael back on the phone. I’m — I’ll bet you he’s going to reconsider once he hears all this. Reconsider what? So, drew a nd I had a chanceto talk when he was here, dropping off that paperwork. And if you spend five minutes with him, you can see the kind of pain he’s in, and that pain is changing him.

[ Sighs ] Well, maybe he just — he just needs some time. No, michael, it’s — it’s more than that. He… there’s this cruel streak that wasn’t there before. He wants nina to suffer like he suffered. Yeah, I mean — [ Sighs ] I mean, can you blame him? Well, no, of course not. But I also know that payback isn’t going to help drew heal. That’s for drew to decide. All I know is that I can’t have any part of it. But, willow, you and the kids mean more to me than anyone. So… and you — you can decide whatever kind of relationship you want with nina. I’ll — I’ll — I’ll accept whatever you decide. I hate what nina did. It was petty and vindictive. Your mother makes her feel insecure. And she wanted carly out of the way, and she didn’t care how much damage she did. Because at the e nd of the day,nina only cares about herself. But we can’t let nina destroy our relationship the way that she’s destroyed hers with sonny. I have no idea what my dad is going to do. I don’t think he does. I don’t want that uncertainty for us. But, you know, trust is rebuilt slowly, and we have to respect each other enough to be honest. I agree. I promise to try if you will. I believe in positive energy. Some might call it luck. It all starts with one drink with a beautiful, gorgeous woman. But who knows what happens next? Hm. I’m not sure I get it. Are you planning to win the lottery on your way home? No, no, no. It’s the little things. You get home from a long, hard day of work, and the leftovers are still good, or your favorite movie’s playing. Or there’s a piece of sheet cake right out there, waiting for you, and you don’t even have to ask for it. Mm. I’d have to fight you for that. You wouldn’t have to. Okay, so a latte on the house from my favorite coffee shop because they mixed up an order. Or daffodils blooming on my birthday. See? There you go. The unexpected pleasures. Like being here with you tonight. Oh! I’m so happy to see you. I saw your post about spencer. Had to be hard to write. Are you sure you’re up for this? Yeah. I’m fine. Fine-ish. I just want to be with you. Me, too. But if you change your mind, we can go whenever. Okay. Cranberry soda? Yes. Thank you. If you want to play games, fine by me. I’ll tell my boss I made the ask and you turn me down, like I expected. Sorry you wasted your time. And when they take you out, which they will, I will have a clear conscience. I wish I could help you, but I can’t ’cause I don’t know anything. And even if I did, why would I tell somebody who’s hated me for two decades? Because he’s putting all that behind him. Why can’t you? I appreciate it, but this is the end of our conversation. If you won’t talk to save your own skin, what about the people around you, including your esteemed colleagues who are in the line of fire? Curtis ashford can’t walk, sonny. How do you think he’s going to react when he finds out that you won’t do everything you can to find the guy who shot him?

Willow was blindsided when she found out that michael blackmailed nina. You know he’s not staying at the gatehouse. I know. Then I’m surprised. Why would you ask michael to help you go after nina? I think willow was upset that michael was going behind her back instead of telling her everything nina had done. Believe me, willow is not in any hurry to defend nina. I-I know that, and — and willow loves you, and she’s appalled by what nina did. So, why not make nina pay? Because I don’t want to make nina pay. I mean, focusing on nina only gives her more power than she deserves, and I don’t want to do that. I mean, the best revenge is to make nina irrelevant, to — to move on with our lives. And let her get away with everything that she’s done? I’m not letting her get away with anything. I just want to focus on doing what’s right for the magazine and what’s right for us. I’m not sure I agree that it’s what’s best. Oh, my god. Really? Nina is living proof at how revenge can backfire. She had everything she said she wanted. She was engaged to sonny, she found out that willow was her daughter, and she could have focused on that. But instead, she came after me. And, yes, you were damaged in the process, but nina was damaged. She’s all but lost sonny, and probably willow, too. She’s got more to lose. And believe me, she will. I understand more than you know how you feel about nina. But if you want me to stay on at crimson, you’re going to have to leave nina alone. Willow, I am in, 100%. Good. And I know that, see, moving back in doesn’t mean that we still don’t have work to do. And — and — and I’ll do it. I’ll do it. All of it. Does it have to be all work, though? What do you have in mind? I don’t know. Maybe we could talk. Catch up. Have a glass of wine. I woul d love all of that.[ Door opens, footsteps ] Hey, daddy! Hey! What are you doing awake? I have to show you my new magic trick before you go. It’s incredible. Oh. Hey, guess what. Daddy’s staying tonight. In that case, my three new magic tricks.

[ Chuckles ] Oh, yeah? Are they all incredible? Okay. Now? Now. Alright. We have to ask your mommy. It is more than okay. It’s really four magic tricks. Ah, okay, I had a feeling. Alright, let’s go. Lead the way. I’ll wait up until after the show. You know, we got a lot riding on this bet. I can give you some pointers if you want. Sure. Let’s hear what you got. Okay, well, the thing a lot of people don’t know about hatchet throwing is it’s all about the mind-body connection. It’s kind of spiritual. Okay. In order to come through for you, I will do everything in my power, including but not limited to prayer and soul-selling. Spinelli, I-I-I really don’t care if we lose. I’m just happy to get out of the house. You know, I-I’m kind of trying to just stay out of your way at home, but if I — if… I can do more if — if you tell me. I’m so beholden to you for taking me on you know, I… as a tenant. I was worried about how our living together would work. But it’s been kind of great, right? I mean, I’m almost hoping the pipes in your apartment never get fixed.

[ Laughs ] And that’s crazy, right? No. [ Chuckles ] You know what? You should build a hatchet range on that estate you want to buy. Oh, at s-serenity? Yeah, sure. I mean, if I’m ever in the position to buy that place, the first thing to go in will be a hatchet range. Hey, why are you doubting it? I know you can make it happen.

[ Chuckles ] Sure hope so. These good looks aren’t going to last forever.

[ Laughs ] There is a lot more to you than your good looks. Really? Like what? Hey, are you guys going to throw the hatchet or what? Alright, alright, alright, chill out, maxie. Wait your turn. Maxie: What?! Oh, my… we’re being hustled. What happened to curtis is a tragedy, and whoever did that… is going to pay, but I’ve been around long enough to know when a fed is trying to provoke me. Then let me give you a warning. Whoever this shooter is, he knows your world. He knows how you move. And if he’s come for you, that only means one thing. It means he’s already in your house. So watch your back. Thanks. Tell me the truth, joss. Do you really want to be here? So, you mentioned daffodils. I did, didn’t I? Mm-hmm.

[ Chuckles ] Favorite flower? Definitely on the list.

[ Cellphone chimes ] Excuse me. I do want to be with you. Here, with all these people? No. [ Chuckles ] Then let’s get out of here.

[ Sighs ] I hate to do this more than you know, but I have to go. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the wonderful evening we’ve had. Maybe our paths will cross again in the future. That’s the plan. I have your number, and now you have my private line. Maybe my luck will hold.

This is the last time you and I are going to be alone like this. If you want to talk to me, you got to call my lawyer, diane miller. You’ll like her. So that’s it? That’s the way it’s gonna be? That’s the way it’s gonna be. Hey, jagger. For the last time, it’s john. Hey, john. Welcome back.

[ Door closes ] Sorry that, uh, took so long. I don’t think wiley’s magic act is quite ready for vegas yet.

[ Chuckles ] You got me pretty good with that last one. Must have been your tutelage. Mm. Also, I come here a lot. Really? I wouldn’t have pegged you as a frequent thrower. Yeah, it’s been a tough couple of years. Some days, I would come in here, and I didn’t even care about throwing. I would have just chopped up the furniture or anything else I got my hands on. But I would settle for throwing my hatchet as far as I could at the wall. You mean — you mean at the target? Do I?

[ Both laugh ] Anyway, um, a few visits later, and voil. Well, thankfully, one of us had a good night. Sorry, I-I feel like my game kind of let us down. Yep. I noticed that your game was off. It’s almost like you didn’t want us to win.

[ Both laugh ] Yes! I don’t want to brag. Who am I kidding? Of course I want to brag. I’m on fire tonight. Whoo! Alright, it’s your turn, spinelli.

[ Exhales sharply ] Spinelli! Yay!

[ Both laugh ] If it’s that important to you, I… …will hit a pause on anything to do with nina. But I don’t want you staying at crimson if you’re unhappy there. I’m not unhappy. I’m not at all. I mean, in — in fact, I’m warming up to the idea of staying on as editor-in-chief long term. I am. I love the people I get to work with, and the fashion industry is thrilling. You’re going to be blown away by the artists you get to meet. You’re going to be blown away. I can’t wait. But I-I just want to stay for the right reasons. Not to get back at nina, but to build something great… with you. Well, I love the sound of that. I’m really sorry about missing the show. I’m right where I want to be. Sonny. Sonny: Yeah. I found something. Someone in your organization has an offshore bank account. The kind with too many zeroes. Three guesses as to who it belongs to. I just need one — dex.

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[ Exhales deeply ] Sonny: Yeah. Michael. Can I come in? Sure. What are you doing here? Well, we haven’t spoken since new year’S. The longer we wait, the harder it’ll be to have this conversation.

[ Sighs ] Nina: I told him yes, but it’s fine. It’s fine. No, I don’t think we have room. Maybe at 4:45? Hi, trish. Dinner for two. Hey, carly. Yes. Your guest is waiting for you. Great. Right this way. Thank you so much. Bryson dougherty. It is a pleasure to meet you. Bryson? Bryson: The pleasure’s mine, ms. Spencer. Carly: Oh, please. Call me carly. What are you up to, carly? I have some paperwork I want to drop off for michael. Oh, uh, he’s not here right now, but I’ll let him know you dropped it off. Okay. Um… have a good evening. Thanks. Um, drew. I’m glad that you and michael are on good footing again. Me too. Um, obviously I hate being at odds with him, but I really hope that things are better between the two of you. We’re working through it. He was just trying to protect his family. And I-I’m not condoning anything. I’m just saying that I — I get that. So do I. Michael’s impulse is always to control the situation. But I would rather know the truth than be protected from it. I think michael understands that now. I’m really happy that he was able to put nina behind him. From the sound of things… you haven’t put nina behind you. I’m serious. He traveled so far, he could have wound up in pennsylvania. I’m telling you. The refs stink. All night. They stink. Who knew the chase boys were such knicks fans? I think they heard you all the way back at the garden.

[ Laughter ] Actually, my dad here was rooting for boston! Finn: Wow. Shh. Keep that quiet. Keep that quiet. Charlie’s is a home-team bar. Ah. Well, I don’t mean to interrupt your, uh, post-game wrap-up, but can I steal your dad for a few minutes? Please. Take him. Is this about the rehearsal dinner?

[ Gasps ] That’s none of your beeswax.

[ Laughter ]

[ Grunts ] Okay. Why are you watching dad so close? I’m not. You were sneaking looks at him the whole game. What’s going on, finn? Okay. Look. I think dad might be worse off than he’s been telling us. It is with great pleasure that I reinstate you as commissioner of the port charles police department. Welcome back, commissioner devane. Dante: Yeah.

[ Applause ] Thank you, deputy mayor ashford. Thank you. So how about a little speech? Any words, uh, for the — the crew here on your first official day back? Well, I’m very grateful to the mayor’s department for — for entrusting me with this role, you know, and I-I’d like to acknowledge the fact that the baton is being passed by two great commissioners — jordan ashford and max scorpio. It is a profound honor to guide and support the hardworking officers of the pcpd. We all share the same goal, which is to protect and serve the good citizens of port charles. And anyone who’s not with us… is against us.

think we can trust this guy? Anna seems to. Let’s take our lead from her. Nice office. Mine’s being decorated. Of course. You took the job on short notice. Let’s get to it, shall we? Sure. I want you to know the pcpd is officially running an investigation into the cache of guns stolen from the wsb… and their buyers. This is still an fbi investigation, commissioner devane. Well aware. But the way I see it… the crime was originally committed here… in my jurisdiction, putting the community of port charles in harm’s way. And a possible conspirator was apprehended here. Again, my jurisdiction. So the fbi can accept a partnership with the pcpd or, respectfully, get the hell out of my way! You know, the rehearsal dinner used to be referred to as the groom’s dinner. So I just want to make sure my future son-in-law is well taken care of. It sounds like you’re going all-out. Careful. You might undo a lifetime of his mother and I trying not to spoil harrison. Ohh! A little spoiling never hurt anyone. Besides, I’m taking full advantage of this. It’s been a while since I’ve lived this close to brook lynn. You never know how much time you get to spend together as a family. You can say that again. So, after spencer’s funeral, he… he had trouble breathing. That wasn’t the first time he had an incident. The other times with tracy. And it just — it’s got me wondering about what’s been happening when he’s alone or what could happen. What if he falls down? What if he needs an ambulance? Okay, yes, all that is very concerning, but it hasn’t happened yet. He’s been lucky. So far. I just — I’ve been wondering if maybe it’s time for dad to stop living on his own. Okay. I haven’t got long. I’m leaving town today. I need your legal help. My ears must deceive me. I was unaware that I had won back your trust. Oh, you haven’T. But you do owe me. Well, I’m glad you agreed to meet on such short notice. I agreed to this dinner as a courtesy. Prinzer & golden have been advertising in crimson for years. Yes, and I would like to show my appreciation. I know that prinzer & golden and crimson have both enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship, and I see no reason for that to end. Well, here’s a reason. Your relationship is garnering bad press. Isn’t it enough that you’ve taken crimson away from nina and given it to carly to run? Nina lived for that magazine. Whoa. Willow, are you feeling sorry for nina? Because she doesn’t deserve that. I can’t help but feel partly responsible here. I mean, I didn’t tell anyone about my diagnosis. And, of course, the second carly found out, she admitted that nina was my mother. But nina blamed carly for keeping the secret, which is what triggered nina to do what she did. I set everything in motion, and now everyone is suffering. Just as the family was finally coming together, we’ve completely fallen apart. Okay. I gotta stop you right there, willow. I really gotta stop you right there. Because you do not need to take responsibility for nina. She brought this on herself. She deserves to face the consequences. My concern isn’t for nina. My concern is for you. Carrying a grudge, meting out punishment? That’s not you. The drew that I know is kind and forgiving. Is that man lost forever? I started to call you, like, a dozen times. What stopped you? I wasn’t sure you’d answer. So you thought you’d come here where I can throw you out? Well, it hasn’t happened yet. Well, that depends on what you have to say. Look, I-I came to say that I am…sorry. And I hope that you can forgive me.

People change, willow. Maybe the old drew died in pentonville. Drew. You did not deserve what happened to you. And I hate that nina’s vengeance put you in that position, especially after you’d saved my life. Look, all that matters is that you are healthy and you are well, and I would — I would do anything for you again in a heartbeat. That sounds like the drew I know and love. Please don’t let what happened to you in pentonville change who you are. Maybe everything just caught up with me, willow. Pentonville wasn’t the only time that I was put behind bars with terrible circumstances. Okay? Like… the guy that you knew with the — the — the rosy outlook took work to cultivate after everything that victor did to me for years so that people wouldn’t be uncomfortable around me, so that they wouldn’t worry about me. I just was so happy about being back with my family and with my friends. I didn’t want to look back, but… the joke was on me. Because I just went from one hellhole to another. A-and the thing about the attack, I didn’t see that coming. The threats were right there in front of my face, and I missed them. And that’s not me, either. Like, how did I end up on the floor of a prison shower bleeding out?! Because I let my guard down. I-I literally turned my back. And you — you can trust me that that is never gonna happen again. You have been through a lot. I have, too. I mean, not as extreme as you, of course. Hell is hell. Well put. Despite all that… I still believe in the power of forgiveness, and not just for the people who wronged us, but for ourselves. Good for you. I’m not there yet. Nina: I’m considering starting my own magazine. Really? Doubtless something to rival your old publication. You want to go toe-to-toe with crimson. What inspired this? Well, actually, valentin suggested it, and I’m warming to the idea, but only if I can use the best features of crimson, those that I developed when I was editor in chief. And how exactly do you propose to do that? That’s where you come in. Hello, brook lynn! I am going to do olivia a favor by not telling you exactly what I think of you in the middle of a restaurant she co-owns. What just happened?

[Mockingly] My attorney couldn’t keep his big mouth shut. We are aware of public sentiment. There was already concern when your highly regarded editor in chief, nina reeves, was ousted — suddenly and without cause. You add to that the controversial article about the relationship between you and your publisher boyfriend? At this time, we are not convinced that our brands align with where this new crimson is going. Okay, I appreciate straight talk, so I’m just gonna respond in kind.

Crimson magazine has just changed hands. Our editorial mission statement still remains the same — a celebration of style, art, and provocative journalism. And the publisher and owner of aurora media, drew cain, he shares my mission to maintain the impeccable quality that our readers are familiar with. And I am confident that the public is going to understand this. Now, I know you said you want to suspend your advertising with us, but I would love the opportunity to explain to you why I think you should reconsider. We want to take what’s working with crimson and elevate the rest. That’s all great, but how are you gonna do that if your photographers and your designers are booking other gigs, rather than staying loyal to crimson or to you? My superiors see the benefit of working with the pcpd. But you don’t? Well, it’s not your call to make, is it? Well, whether I agree or not is irrelevant. Information will be provided… on a need-to-know basis, and I have the authority to determine who qualifies. Detective falconeri is one of my most senior officers, and I trust him implicitly. Deputy mayor ashford will be reporting to mayor collins about all of the federal operations here in port charles. Fine. But the circle of trust doesn’t get any wider. Any leaks could have deadly implications. I think we all understand that. You want to bring us up to speed? Well, you first. What information did you go to jail to hide from me? You told me you withheld the truth about nina because you didn’t want to hurt me. But I don’t think that’s the only reason. You’re the reason why I kept quiet. I found out that nina was the sec informant minutes after you two exchanged vows. How could I say anything in that moment? It would have affected everybody there. I mean, not only you and willow and nina, but wiley, kristina, donna. And, honestly, dad, would you have really believed me? Or, given my history with nina, would you just think I’m trying to sabotage her? We’ll never know ’cause you didn’t say anything. Dad, I needed to get evidence first. You could have pulled me aside and tried as hard as you could, but you didn’t want to do that. Why? Because once I decided to be quiet about what nina did, I-I needed to find another way to protect my family. Protect them? How? I leveraged the truth against nina to keep her away from them.

o’neill claims that he sold multiple weapons from the stolen wsb shipment to a single buyer. One of the weapons was the rifle that was used to shoot curtis ashford. O’neill also claims that this client is based here in port charles. So the shooter could be right under our noses. Well, this alleged client could have resold the weapons or maybe he’s even part of a larger group. Yeah. Well, at this point, we lack the evidence to rule out either scenario. Then start with what you know. Your turn to share information with us, agent cates.

[ Sighs ] Four individuals have been targeted for assassination since the unmarked weapons were stolen. And there’s a common denominator. Which is what? All four individuals were high-level organized-crime figures. I recorded martin grey admitting that nina ordered him to turn my mom and drew in to the sec. And I intended to play that recording for you. But you know what? I played it for nina instead. And I gave her two options. Either she admit what she did and face the consequences or she lets me decide when and how she got to see willow and the kids. You blackmailed her? Nina had every chance to come clean about what she did, and she didn’T. That is on her. And then ned, he remembered, and he started to push nina. And then — look. Nina came to me to buy him off. Alright? And that was my second mistake. I should have just called ned’s bluff and let — let him expose her if that’s what he wanted. But I-I struck a deal with ned. To keep the peace. But you know what? It didn’t — didn’t matter because lois found out anyway, and the whole thing blew up. Why didn’t nina come to me? Instead of living a lie? Because, bottom line, dad, is t-that she was — she’s guilty. And she was desperate to keep the truth from you and willow because she thought that neither one of you would forgive her. What about you? W-where would I stand with you if I did? Don’t believe everything you hear. Crimson still boasts the most sought-after collaborators in the industry. We enjoyed a long and profitable relationship with nina reeves. But you, ms. Spencer, you’re untested. I’ll be frank. We have doubts. Well, I can assure you that this transition will be seamless. I’ve already elevated my senior editor to managing editor. The crimson you know and love is only going to get better.

[ Cellphone rings ] Excuse me. I have to take this. But we can discuss terminating our current agreement when I get back. You don’t seem to be enjoying your dinner companion. Yeah, it’s really hard to enjoy dinner when it could cost me $2.1 million annual. Ouch. To be fair, long before you had me alert the sec to carly and drew’s insider trading, you have A…knack for… alienating people. Bryson: Nina! Nina: Bryson! [ Chuckles ] How are you? What’s going on? It’s a complete waste of time.

Crimson without you — it’s unthinkable.

[ Chuckles ] Ohh! Mwah! Well, that explains it. I’m happy that brook lynn found her independence, but to be honest, that’s not how she grew up. You know, in our house, family was a generational thing, right? I mean, she grew up with her grandparents — just like I did — with her aunt, her uncle, her two cousins living two doors down. It’s what we call the bensonhurst brigade.

[ Chuckles ] I’m familiar with the term. And there’s a lot to be said for that. But I’m — I’m curious. When you were growing up, did that ever feel intrusive? Oh. Oh-ho! Waiting for the bathroom was like waiting on line for the cyclone at coney island. And there were eyes on you at all times. I mean, they were loving eyes, but they were there to keep you honest. But, hey, family is family, right? And looking back, I — I got to say I’m so glad that I got to know my parents and my grandparents as well as I did. I mean, violet must really appreciate you living so close by. Are you thinking about putting dad in a long-term care facility? What? What are you talking about? No! Well, you — you don’t want dad to live alone. I live in a one-bedroom apartment with brook lynn. So I assume you’ referring to your place? Well, you know… things would be tight with violet there, but I think I can convert my office into a small bedroom. I don’t think dad would care about the amount of space. The main challenge you would have is… …dad feeling like you’re taking away his independence.

D has his challenges.There’s no two ways about it. But he’s still able to navigate them. And I hear what you’re saying about all the things that could go wrong with him living alone. But for now, that hasn’t happened. We could get him a watch. It’ll send an alert when he falls. You want to rely on a watch? I want to rely on dad. I think that there’s a way that we can keep a close eye on him without being too intrusive, and then we can step in if we see a problem. But we should let him keep his independence for as long as possible. And get him a watch. How was it living with your grandparents? I mean, do you think they felt infantilized by having their kids taking care of them? Are you kidding me? They loved it. It kept them young. You know the saying “it takes a village”? Well, that only works if you actually have a village. You know, and — and as they got older, they knew that somebody was always gonna be there to help them out, and they really loved that, especially when it came to the tv remote and the microwave.

[ Laughs ] Anyway, I got to go. Uh, but I will keep you posted about everything, uh, according to the rehearsal dinner, as soon as the vendors confirm. Okay? Vendors? Oh. Stop it with that. We’re almost family. Mwah.

[ Chuckles ] You just took over. You’ll make your mark. And then everyone will forget all about nina reeves. Yeah, well, unfortunately, I’m not off to a great start. Advertisers and contributors are threatening to cut ties with the magazine. And if I lose the prinzer & golden account, that could really affect the bottom line. Thank you. [ Chuckles ] Alright. Oh, great. What can I do? Nothing. Nothing. You don’t need to worry about this. This is not your problem. Of course it is. Nina is doing everything in her power to undermine you. And this is the same woman who let everybody believe that my father was the one who turned you over to the sec when he had a head injury and couldn’t even defend himself! Am I over it? Not even a little bit. So. Carly, let’s do this. We can get prinzer & golden back. We just have to be a little creative. As you can see, I’m the one with the relationships. The gentleman certainly seemed to hold you in high esteem. Bryson is an ad rep for prinzer & golden. For years, they were crimson’s top advertisers, but no more. Which positions them beautifully to be one of the first ad buys in my venture. What I need now is to get my staff’s non-compete clauses waived. Can you get around that? If you decide to forgive nina, or if you don’t, it’s not for me to judge. That wasn’t an answer to my question. Okay, well, I think that we are all better off without nina in our lives, but I will not pursue any further action to drive her away. Look, if willow wants to let her back in, I have to live with that. Alright. What about me? Dad, no matter who you’re with, you — you’ll always have a place in wiley and amelia’s lives. You know, I love those kids. And I hated being estranged all those months. It’ll never happen again. And I-I hope that you’ll — you’ll choose to — be a part of my life, too. And I can’t promise to like or — or trust nina. But I will not allow her to cost me my wife. Or my father. It seems to me that whoever is ordering these hits is cutting a swathe across the country. Would this be mafia power grabs or what? John: That’s what’s puzzling. Nobody’s stepping forward to claim responsibility. There’s been no resulting turf wars. That would suggest it isn’t business. It’s personal. So, what are you doing to protect those who’ve been targeted? We’re not in the business of protecting criminals. If we have any hope of nailing this perp, we can’t tip them off that we’re onto the pattern. “Onto the pattern.” So, wait. Let me get this straight. So what you’re saying is you just want to get your guy and to hell with saving lives?

I understand your point, bro, but I am still uneasy about this. Uneasy? About what? Uh, knicks’ chances of making it to the final. Huh? Good luck with that. -Yeah. -Everything go okay with lois? Yes. Um, she was telling me about how she grew up in a multigenerational home, and it got me to thinking. I’ve had a couple of health scares recently. I mean, nothing to be alarmed about, but enough to make me wonder if it’s wise to, uh, live alone. I don’t mean to intrude, hamilton, but it might make sense to be near a doctor. Yeah. No. I’m sure we could… get, uh — work something out. I mean, it’d be nice to have you in the apartment, have someone to keep an eye on violet in case I have an emergency at the hospital. But only if this is something you really want, dad. Yes. I do. Sounds to me like your personal connection could be a problem. It sounds to me like your personal animosity toward sonny could be a problem. Everyone in this room has a personal connection to sonny. Alright? Let’s just get that out of the way. But I think we also share a determination to bring whoever is behind these shootings to justice. That should be our one and only focus. Jordan: I agree. Whoever’s behind this is organized, calculated, and doesn’t care about collateral damage. And they need to be stopped before they hurt anyone else. Agent cates, can I have a word with you alone? I have some calls to make. I’ll be right outside. Yeah. Thanks. Yeah. Falconeri. Yeah. What you’ve been told is classified. Really? Was that necessary? What, you don’t think he’s gonna warn his old man? Of course he wants to, but he won’T.

You should be the one to do that. No. Anna, tipping off sonny corinthos just gives him a pass for vigilante justice. Or it enables him to check in with his security and figure out how to protect himself. Look, I understand that there is no love lost between you and sonny, but you shouldn’t let that cloud your judgment. What’s that supposed to mean? Despite your disapproval, sonny means the world to a lot of people. Tell me. What do you think stone would want you to do? You know, sometimes I — I look at nina and still see the woman that I married. And then I think of donna and how close she came to losing her mother to a prison sentence. And drew getting, you know, close to beaten to death in pentonville. And nina set all that in motion. Look, dad, I-I realize that… it’s not my — my right… …to try to make decisions for — for people that I love. So if you want to forgive nina and let her back in your life again, it won’t affect our relationship. Assuming that w-we still have a relationship. Willow: Sorry it took so long. Amelia is still adjusting to the sippy cup. Aww. I can’t believe she’s one now. Me neither. Michael and I didn’t want to have a big birthday celebration, especially with everything going on. We kept it just us and the kids. I get that. I missed out on so many birthdays with scout. That’s time I’ll never get back. But you have the rest of your lives now. Your outlook is remarkable, willow. I realize that some people might find me too forgiving, but I don’t view that as a weakness. Actually, it’s been a key to my survival. Forgiveness and gratitude have helped me through the worst things that have ever happened to me. I’m so thankful to be alive and well. It’s — everything else takes a back seat to that. Just so you know… I think you’re one of the strongest people that I know. Same. I’m standing here raising my children, thanks to you. You did all the work. You’re standing here right now because you’re a fighter. I didn’t fight alone. You flew across the globe, put your life on the line to bring my bone-marrow donor home. Would you still do that today? Or would punishing nina take precedence? I-I wouldn’t think twice. I would never turn my back on you. Even if I let you down? Willow, like I said, people change, but some things don’T. There is nothing that I wouldn’t do for the people that I love. But… nina is not one of ’em. Nina, you don’t need a lawyer.

[ Scoffs ] You need a magician. Come on. Aurora’s contracts are ironclad. I’d have to be houdini to get anybody released from something like that. Then again, it is your money. I mean, if you want me to waste time and energy… oh, I’m sorry. Forgive me. But you’re gonna do this pro bono because I did you a favor. You broke attorney-client privilege. I could have had you disbarred. And how exactly were you gonna do that? Hm? I mean, prove that privilege was breached. What, are you gonna get michael corinthos to sign an affidavit? See, once again, you’re doing this all wrong. You’re going about it the wrong way. If you start the conversation like that, I am not inclined to help you. But — but! I shall peruse the contracts looking for a loophole, some way to get your staff released. But not because of your threat. Stop grinning at me. Not because you’re threatening me. Because I accept responsibility for the part I played in your current situation. Okay, great! I’m glad you recognize that. Okay. I am focused on two things. One, I want my staff back. Staff back. I got that part. Two, I want crimson to eat my dust. I’m sure salvadore will be thrilled to accept. The entire team at deception is very impressed with how seamlessly you’ve taken control, carly. Thank you so much. Oh, I’m sorry. Am I in your seat? Are you with deception? Uh, brook lynn

is deception. She and her grandmother, tracy, are the majority shareholders. And you are? I’m bryson dougherty. He’s crimson’s long-standing advertising rep with prinzer & golden. D-did I just hear you mention salvadore? That photographer? Guy’s a phenomenal talent. You think so, too. I heard he was boycotting crimson. Yes, and I told you not to believe everything you hear. That’s true. Do you mind if I share the good news about the face of deception? By all means. I offered sasha gilmore the cover, to be designed by a top designer and to be shot by salvadore. That is exciting — for both you and deception. Yes. You know, I tried to make a marketing deal with lucy coe, but we just could never agree on terms. Well, just like

crimson, deception is under new management. Which means new opportunities. Would you like to join us and throw around some ideas? I’m all ears.

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Alexis: How are we expected to say goodbye to spencer? He was so young. He was so vibrant and good. He had his whole life ahead of him, and I can’t even fathom any of it, really. And yet, here we are, all of us now, having to pick up and go on without him. I don’t want to. And I know none of you do, either. So I’ve been trying to think of ways to sum up spencer. Aptly describe who he was. And as it turns out, that’s a very difficult task. Because spencer was so many things. He was complex, to say the least. As a young boy, spencer was…bewildering, precocious, precious, and fun. He was mature beyond his years. Oh, and the antics. I mean, spencer had a real knack for entertaining and aggravating us all at the same time. But then, right before our eyes, he grew up, and he grew up into this confident, curious young man. Magnetic, really. Larger than life. And he was able to captivate you with his soulfulness and his depth. And then, at the same time, he could make you laugh so hard you’d cry. But he grew up to be strong and grounded, and he took responsibility for his choices. And I was so intensely proud of him. I know that I’m not alone when I say that I will miss him every day. But if we can’t hold on to spencer in the flesh, at least we can hold him in our hearts. Fiercely. Tightly. And maybe, in his honor, get up to a little bit of mischief because… …I know that’s what spencer would want… for all of us.

[ Sighs ] Oh, come on, man. Wiley’s workbook. How does willow make this look so easy? Hey. Having trouble? Um, well, I got wiley off to school… win. …Without his workbook. Ah. Yeah, and I was feeding amelia breakfast, and it got all over my shirt and her hair and face. And your face. Oh, yeah. Exactly.

[ Both chuckle ] So, tell me, what is your secret, nurse corinthos? Oh, the secret is… there is no secret. Just…be here. Have someone capable on call when you can’t be. I’m lucky that way. In a lot of ways, actually. Sometimes it feels too easy to forget. Yeah, and on days like today, it’s — it’s important to remember. I can’t believe this is happening. Trina, I am so sorry. I’m sorry for you, too. Both of you, I mean. I don’t even know if I said that. Yeah, I-I loved spencer more than anything, but the three of you have been friends since you were kids. Hi. Hi. Do you think that I could get one of those? I’m so happy you came. Did you think I wouldn’t? No, I knew you would. Will I, um, see you guys at wyndemere? I’ll be there. I’m not sure. I don’t think I can handle all of that. I understand. Zero pressure. You take care of yourself. I’ll try. And if you need anything — I mean absolutely anything, trina — I know. You were great. Yeah, well, it felt like it was all a blur. Yeah, but you were still great. That was a beautiful eulogy. Thank you. It was an honor. Uh, transportation to the launch is ready if you care to go. Ava, thank you so much for opening up the house. Oh, o-of course, I’m happy to do it. I know a lot of people think that wyndemere is just a pile of rocks, but to spencer, it was very special. It was his home for a very long time. I’ll see you there. Mm-hmm. Hi. Hey. How are you doing? Oh. Um…I’m pretty numb right now, but in five minutes, I’ll probably be a puddle on the floor. Well, that’s grief, you know? It’s — it’s like a roller coaster, I guess. There’s so much I want to say to you. You don’t — you don’t have to say anything. You’ve always been there for me, supported me — even when you had your doubts about spencer. Well…he certainly proved me wrong, huh? I’m so sorry that he’s gone. But I’m here for you. And I’ll always be here for you. So, uh… will you come to wyndemere? Thank you so much for the offer, but I think we’re going to take trina home. Yeah. I understand. Just you remember, though, okay, that I’m — I’m just a phone call away. Unless you want to go, sweetheart. Honey, I’m just leaving it up to you. I’m tired. Let’s go home. Okay. Must be so surreal, losing your oldest friend. Oldest friend and oldest adversary. Finn: Do tell. Oh, well, the competition between spencer and cameron was pretty legendary. All the way back to the two of you fighting over emma drake. I’m gonna miss giving him a hard time. I know you are. We’re very sorry for your loss, cameron. Whatever you need, cam. Thank you. I’ll, uh, see you at home after the reception. Yeah, yeah, I’ll be there. And aiden’s been baking all morning, so get ready.

[ Sighs ] Should we head out? I just have that one thing I want to take care of. Okay. The offer of backup still stands. Thank you, but I’ll be fine. Okay. Are you guys going to wyndemere? Uh, yeah. Are you? Uh, it’s the least I can do for my nephew. Okay. We’ll see you there. Alright, see you. I can’t tell you what it does for my soul to see you here. I’ve missed you. It’s good to see you, too, grandma. Are you alright? I will be. Eventually. I know the feeling. Uh, the car’s ready if you are. I’ll, uh — I’ll catch up. I, uh… I need to take care of something. Okay. Come on, hon. Dad? Dad. Sorry. I was just thinking. You don’t have to apologize for that.

[ Chuckles ] I’d intended to be cremated, but now…I don’t know. I think maybe I might like a spot of my own. You know, the right plot, the right marker, the right words. I think I want that for all of you. A place where you can gather and share memories. Tell me about all the good times you’re having. You don’t need to think about any of that right now, dad. Oh. That’s all I can think about.

I hope that didn’t sound likeyou can’t talk about your als or what it means or what the future will look like. You can. I-I want you to. I-I just meant the burial stuff — we– we’re not there yet, dad. I know what you meant. You know, I’m getting a little cold. I think I’ll wait —

[ Breathing shallowly ] Dad. Hey, dad. W-what’s — what’s wrong? What’s wrong? This one is — is for you, honey. It’s from the sorbonne. Yeah, they’re — they’re saying that they’ll save a spot for me for next semester. That’s decent of them. Yeah, it is decent. But there’s no way I’m going back to paris. Ever.

[ Sighs ] And you don’t have to. That city has painful memories for you. We get it. I’m sure pcu can find you a different study-abroad — no, I don’t think you understand. Honey, help us understand. I’m not going to pcu or anywhere else. Trina. School is meaningless now. Everything is. Such wonderful pictures. It’s really thoughtful of you, ava. Well, I can’t take too much credit. I found a cabinet full when I moved out. Ah, nikolas. You know, for all his flaws, he — he really loved his son. Hey, laura, I just… I feel like it has to be said. I know you called me, but I-I took no joy in arresting nikolas. Oh, I know that. And at least we know that ace is being well cared for. A silver lining, shall we call it? Yes, I could really use one of those right now.

[ Doorbell rings ] Excuse me. I s– I still can’t believe it. I mean, spencer? It’s like a nightmare that I can’t wake up from. That’s why they call it the circle of life. One life ends and another begins. Kevin: I didn’t think anyone else would be here. Didn’t expect to see you here. It’s difficult. You know, given all the pain that she inflicted on cameron. But I sent that pain right back to her, didn’t I? Helping nikolas hold esme captive. Did you arrange for the marker? Yes. I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone as alone as esme. When she woke in G.H. With no memory, no past… …she was so frightened. She had no idea how she got there, who she was, and a newborn baby. I felt for her. It showed. I’d say my efforts fell short. Oh, I disagree. You did your best to make her feel like she had a family. Mm. A family she should have run screaming from. Not from you. Maybe. But my brother for a father? And don’t get me started on heather. Heather: But where is she? Where is she?

[ Voice breaking ] Where’s my baby? No! No, no, no, no, no, no, no! Not my little girl! No!

[ Sobbing ] Esme! Esme! Esme! No, no, no, no. No!

I tried to warn you, baby. I told you, just forget about spencer. Get on with your life. Bide your time till I could help you hold your little boy again. Oh, esme, why, honey? Why? Spencer cassadine was never worthy of you! None of those people were! Why couldn’t you have listened to me? And why did you go to france? They told me that spencer threw himself into the river and he took you with him. They — they can’t find you, baby. They say that you got washed out to sea. Oh, god. She must be so cold.

[ Sobbing ] Heather, I am so sorry for your loss. I know it probably doesn’t mean much coming from me. Coming from you? Well, I’d be willing to bet that you hate me for helping nikolas hold esme prisoner. No, no, quite the opposite. Just the opposite. You — you stopped nikolas from killing esme after the baby was born, and then you came forward and you told the truth, knowing what price you’d have to pay for that. I admire you, elizabeth. I know why my franco loved you so much. Elizabeth, it’s because of what you did that esme stood a fighting chance in this world. Oh. If it hadn’t been for you! Amelia all good? Happily playing with melanie. You need help with your homework?

[ Chuckles ] Have you actually looked through this? I mean, I wouldn’t have been able to answer half these questions when I was wiley’s age. There is an explanation for that. Our son is a genius. Ah, yeah. So, what does that make me? The father of a genius. Nice save. You’re in no rush to get to work, huh? Yeah. You noticed? Hard not to. Are you still having issues with drew? No, no, we actually managed to patch things up, uh, for the most part. What’s the lesser part? Uh, well, drew, he — he asked me to help him get back at nina.

[ Sighs ] Michael… I-I-I said no. Easy. Nice and easy, alright? I’m gonna call an ambulance. No, you’re not. No. It’ll — it’ll pass. No, dad, you don’t know that. I just — I just need a distraction. Talk to me.

[ Whimpers ] About what? Anything. Just something to take my mind off what’s happening. What is happening? Please, just t-trust me, hamilton. Can you do that? Yeah, I can. Uh… I-I — yes, I, uh — I-I offered to — to bring the snack for violet’s, uh, winter party at the school. Sounds — sounds fun. For violet, yeah. Not — not so much for me. I, uh — my first two attempts of making brownies — uh, it was a disaster. That oven timer, uh, I-it’s trickier than people — people will tell you. Um, uh, and then, so elizabeth suggested that I have aiden — I had aiden make the brownies, alright? And so now her whole class is clamoring for my famous brownies, but they’re not really mine. They’re aiden’s, and — and — and I think the jig is up.

[ Whimpers ] If aiden…was smart, he’d start charging you for his time. Don’t think he hasn’t mentioned it.

[ Strained chuckle ] Has this happened before?

[ Shakily ] Mm-hmm. I wish you would have told me. You had other stuff on your mind, like ensuring you kept your job saving lives. The life I want to save most right now is yours.

[ Sighs ] Is it… is it a loss of sensation, or is it the opposite? Do you feel pain? Uh, it’s, uh, more like a shortness of breath and — and a-a-a twinge in my chest.

[ Inhales deeply ] It happened the first time not — not long ago. Tracy [Chuckles] Came up with a cure for it.

[ Clears throat ] She ticked me off on purpose so bad that I forgot all about it. Yeah, that’s pretty on point. Well, I’m glad tracy was there. But I’m here now. You like it or not, we’re going to the hospital. No, no, no, no, no. We’re staying right here.

[ Clears throat ] You’re not on duty, detective. You can grieve, just like everyone else. I know. I’m sorry. It’s just — it’s not that simple. After the latest attempt on my father’s life… you think it was an inside job? Well, sonny sure is convinced. And he may be right. But what he doesn’t know is that it’s all part of a bigger investigation centering around a shipment of illegal missing weapons. Okay, weapons, as in used in other crimes? So, you don’t think sonny was the only target? It’s looking that way. But now the fbi is involved with the lead investigator being john cates. Cates? Does that have anything to do with stone? Yeah, stone’s older brother. And guess what — he and sonny, of course, they have a long-standing beef with each other. Oh, no. And you still haven’t told sonny yet, have you? So, sonny doesn’t know? Sonny doesn’t know what? You’re not welcome here. I came for my sister. Surely you can understand that impulse. It’s your call, laura. Thank you. Don’t thank me.

[ Door closes ] I must admit, I wasn’t expecting quite that level of hostility. How can you expect anything else?

I know that you’re hurting right now, but you’ve always found serenity and purpose in the classroom, and when you discovered art history, a whole new world — I get it. Education is important to you. It’s important to you. But how does that help spencer? He died saving my life. Honey, honey, now is not the time to make any life-altering decisions. He would want you to live your life. But what about his life? His future? His — his — his purpose? It’s all gone. Spencer is gone, and there’s nothing I can do to bring him back. Come here. Why did you refuse to go along with drew’s plan? Becaus e while drew hasevery right to go after nina, I-I have other priorities. Be honest. You must have been tempted. I was. But then I thought about you and the kids. This family is more importantto me than anything, willow. I’m — I’m not going to risk that again. Thank you. Not only for saying that, but for backing it up with your actions. It means a lot. There’s more, isn’t there? Whatever it is, just — just say it. It’s not just the people under this roof that need healing. You and your father need it, too. You’ve hurt a lot of people. You have committed a lot of crimes. How — how do you not realize that when people see you, they still see… a monster? And what about you, sister? Is that how you see me, too? You know it’s not just the pcpd trying to figure out who’s targeting you. Right? Right. Jordan and anna are also looking into it. They making progress? What are you not telling me? My daughter might still be alive if it wasn’t for you! Heather, that’s not fair. Isn’t it?! Kevin tried to help esme — yes, as her therapist, but more importantly, as her uncle. Oh, right. I forgot the dutiful uncle, so loyal to his psycho brother, who I did everything in the world I possibly could to keep my baby from knowing! You can’t blame kevin for ryan’s crimes. It’s alright, elizabeth. Let her say her piece. Oh, thank you. You thought you could save him, didn’t ya?

[ Laughs ] What a god complex! So convinced that you could cure what ailed ryan that you did the exact opposite! You nursed him back to full strength so you could unleash him on the world again! I did everything I could to shield my daughter from that maniac. And then you go ahead and bring him back out into the world. You know what? They call me a criminal. Ha! It’s “good people” like you that destroy lives!

That was heather’s grief talking. You are not responsible for what your brother did or for what happened to esme or spencer. Oh, you have such a good heart, elizabeth. Just like franco did and those sweet boys of yours do. You’re always determined to see the best in everyone, aren’t ya? But you know better. Don’t ya, dr. Collins? She’s wrong. Come on, admit it! Every single word I just said here now is true. Visitation time’s up. Oh, come on, I just need a few more minutes. There’s one last thing that I have to say because my daughter can’T. Michael: I should probably get to the office. Oh, now you’re in a hurry to get to work. One mention of your father is all it takes, huh? I-I don’t know what to say, willow. You can’t avoid him forever. And it’s not like this is the first conflict you’ve had. Yeah, that’s an understatement. So? You patched things up before. You can do it again. Look, willow, last time it took over a year to reconcile. Okay, yes, but when it finally happened, you and sonny were getting along great. You even went to the island for his wedding. Yes, I did. We had a-a nice time. But look, that was before everything blew up. I haven’t seen or talked to my father since my grandmother’s funeral. There are hurdles to clear. Yeah. Big hurdles. Then clear them. You didn’t give up on us. Don’t give up on your father.

[ Sighs ] Come on. You know the drill. Ongoing investigation. I can’t tell you about it. But when there’s something to tell you, I-I’ll let you know. Alright, yeah, uh, well, I got some unfinished business back at the office, anyway, and I got to take care of it, so… I’ll see you later. Alright. Hey, dad. Just, uh, be safe, alright? I’m on it. Are you heading out? Yeah. Thank you for hosting. I know that your relationship with spencer was complicated. Well, my relationship with everybody is complicated. Obviously, I’m going to have security for you here, so when you’re ready to leave… straight back to your place. Alright. I’ll see you at home.

[ Sighs ] You think I messed up? No. No, I actually think it’s a good thing you didn’t tell your dad about the fbi investigation. Yeah, I don’t know if he’ll see it that way. You remember what a pain in the ass spencer was?

[ Chuckles ] You mean in general or… well, yeah, I just was thinking about more when he was younger. Yeah. Insufferable. [ Chuckles ] The ego on that guy. Well, eventually it became tolerable. And then lovable. I think a lot about that had to do with you. Me? Yeah. Spencer really looked up to you, cam.

[ Scoffs ] Get out of here. He had everything. Well, he didn’t have a stable home, and he didn’t have a lot of friends. People were naturally drawn to you. It wasn’t like that for spencer. He had to work on that. But he had a really good example in you. You wait for elizabeth. I’m gonna call a rideshare and head home. Hey. I thought the goal was to stick around for a while, make chase and brook lynn’s wedding. You know it is. Then why did you hide symptoms from me? I didn’t hide them from you. You didn’t tell me, either. I mean, maybe there’s something we could do. You know, maybe there’s a protocol or some physical therapy. There’s nothing, hamilton. It’s just… it’s just the way this disease goes. It eats away at you, little by little. Sometimes a lot by a lot. Hey, don’t you understand? I want to help. What’s the point of having a medical license if I can’t — can’t do something to help my own father? You don’t want to help me. Of course I do. You want to save me. And god, I love you for it. But you can’t save me, son. No one can. What can I do? You, or rather, we can have an honest, loving relationship where we don’t walk on eggshells. We don’t hide things from one another. Where we just are. Father and son. Can we stand here on this sacred ground and give that to each other? Yeah. Yeah, we can.

What becomes of my grandson, now that his mother is no longer here to protect him? Ace will be well taken care of. You have my word.

[ Scoffs ] God. Yeah, right. Just like you took care of esme? Laura loves her grandson. You can trust that he’s in good hands. Please. I’m counting on you. Keep an eye on them, please. Do bet ter by my grandsonthan you did by my daughter. Or there will be hell to pay. I’m ready. Oh, wait. Hold on. Can I escort you home? I have a driver, but thank you. In that case, I’ll say goodbye with the hope this sad occasion can mark a new beginning for us. I think spencer would want it that way. Would he? I’m not the enemy, laura. I’m your brother who cares about you and wants to do right by you. One day, I’m confident you’ll see that.

[ Door closes ] Brick, what do you got for me? Uh-huh. Alright. Um, let me know ’cause I, uh, want to know who the traitor is… so he can be dealt with permanently. How’d it go? It was interesting. I’ll tell you about it on the way home. Did your dad leave? Uh, he’s — he’s, uh — he’s waiting in the car. What’s wrong? What’s wrong? Um…you know, I-I know — I know what’s ahead of us with the als. At least — at least my head does. But your heart is having a hard time catching up. Seeing my dad struggle, knowing… he’s getting worse, and it’s getting worse right now — today. Wait. Did something happen? He’s okay. It’s just… finn, I’m so sorry. He’s a hard old boy, my dad. You know, he values his independence so much, but… …I think we have to face the facts my… …my father won’t be able to look after himself much longer. Well, I just want to say again thank you so much. You’re welcome. Get home safe. Okay. We will.

[ Sighs ] Well, you know, I wish we could have seen each other under not-such-horrible circumstances. Me, too. But I’m glad we did. Really? Really. How are you and dex? We’re fine. Really? Yeah. He makes me happy. Good. That’s all I want for anyone anymore. For the people I care about to be happy. And here. Yeah. It’s a real shame that we didn’t get that with spencer. Curtis: There she is. Hey, babe. Oh. Where are you going? Um, I’m just gonna take a walk by the lake. You want some company? I won’t be long.

[ Door closes ] Okay, so, why did you give it to me? Well, because every time I look at those figurines, I think about how much I missed you last christmas and how much I wanted you to know that I was thinking about you.

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mm. Okay. Okay. O-okay. What — what is this? What we’ve always wanted. You know, I can’t for the life of me imagine why you should suddenly find the need to unburden your conscience. But like I said, I’m just not up for it right now. What, you want me to say you were right? Fine. You were right. I’ve ended things with lucy. There. We’re done now. I mean, unless, of course, you want to discuss some obscure point of law, in which case you’re just gonna have to phone my office. I’m the reason you and lucy broke up. This is special agent john cates. I need a car at the city hall station of the pcpd. Yeah, I want to transport a couple of detainees. Thanks. I, uh, n eed to know wherethey’re holding jordan ashford and anna devane. Robert scorpio. My god, look what the cat dragged in. Jagger cates. Ah, it’s john now. Been a while. You look good. Better than the last time you saw me. Yeah. I heard you recovered from the cancer well. Robin and i stay in touch. Although it’s been a few months since we caught up. How is she? Oh, they’re doing great out there, saving lives. Noah’s captain of the soccer team, and emma, she’s an intern at berkeley astrophysics center. Why doesn’t it surprise me that robin’s daughter is a genius? Glad to hear they’re all doing so well. It’s good to see you, robert. You too. What brings you to port charles?

[ Suspenseful music plays ] So, this is where special agent cates is requiring we detain you. Oh, yeah, of course he is. Have you forgotten we get a phone call? I’ll check on that. Okay? Right.

[ Exhales sharply ] How far is your special agent “friend” cates gonna push these obstruction charges? Ugh, lord knows. Maybe we should just tell him what we know. He’d be interested to learn that the buyer for the weapons is someone in port charles. Well, we can’t give up our intel. Then we lose our leverage. If we want to be involved in this investigation, jordan, then we have to keep what we know to ourselves. Well, we won’t have much time to investigate while we’re being arraigned in federal court. I’m just hoping that our friends will intervene. Friends like me? Glad to hear the meeting went well, drew. No, no, there’s no need for you to come back. Everyone’s left for the day. I’m just wrapping up a couple things myself. Alright. Looking forward to it. Bye-bye.

[ Door slams ]

[ Dramatic music plays ] What are you doing here? Someone tried to kill your father. Thanks for coming by so quickly. Sounded urgent. Yep. It is.

[ Sighs ] I’m here to help with whatever you need. I know you’re going through a lot right now. I need people I can trust.

I’m in port charles working on a case. Murder, attempted murder, stolen weapons… sounds serious. It is. But on a lighter note — I hear you’re the da now. Congratulations. Yeah, well, you know, you know me. I like to keep moving, so to speak. Which brings me to the matter of why I’m here. I understand that anna was arrested. Thought I’d sort that little mess out, and then, uh, three of us get together. It’s been a while. I’m sure she’d love to see you. I doubt that. I’m the one who arrested her.

[ Dramatic music plays ] Who told you we were in custody? Well, nikolas cassadine is back in town. He turned himself in. I brought him in for booking, and the desk sergeant told me you were down here. What’s going on? Uh, feds arrested us for obstruction charge. Really?! What happened with that? Eh, we tangled with them while following a lead. You did? Well, I’m gonna need a little more information than that. We were trying to keep the pcpd’s hands clean while we gathered some extra information. Right. But too late, right? ‘Cause here you are in a pcpd jail. Look, I can’t override the feds, but if I’m gonna help sort this out at all, you got to tell me what happened. Start from the beginning. Tell me everything. It all goes back to your father. Someone close to me targeted me and my family in puerto rico. So, you think the shooter’s somebody you know? Has to be, ’cause they had intimate knowledge of my island. They — they knew how to get through security. They knew how to, you know — where my men were, where my men weren’T. That kind of information is not easy to get, so it’s got to be somebody I trust. So, your theory is somebody on the inside was the shooter, or was working with the shooter? That’s the only thing I can think of. No one on the outside has any access whatsoever to your security plans. Hell, even some of your own men don’t know. That’s right. Who the hell could it be? I personally vetted every single person that works for you. Then I guess I got to question the source.

[ Dramatic music plays ] What?! You think I’m behind this? Do you?! After we realized the shooter had gotten away, sonny didn’t feel safe on the island, so we came back to port charles. Well, hold on. Everyone’s okay, though, right? I mean, m-my dad and ava? And avery. Avery didn’t see anything, did she? Everyone’s fine. Fortunately, avery was in her room with her bodyguard the whole time, and she never even realized anything was wrong.

[ Sighs ] Well, that’s good, at least. H-how could someone get close enough to sonny to — to shoot at him in his own house with avery there? And… and why is this the first I’m hearing about it? He probably didn’t tell you ’cause he didn’t want to worry you. See, this is exactly why I wanted you to keep working for him. So you could let me know when things start to spiral for sonny. And it sounds like it’s happening now. This is gregory chase. I need to make an appointment with the doctor as soon as possible. He’s expecting my call. Yes, I can hold. You know what? I get it. You and lucy don’t like each other. I understand. What I’m telling you is, if you want to gloat, to bask in her misfortune, you better have the decency to do it someplace else. My relationship issues have nothing to do with you. But they do. With me

and with scott.

[ Sighs ] Tracy, I’m telling you, I want to be alone. Just… it’s none of your business! The trouble with you and lucy started when I came and warned you about her and scott. I’m the one that put it in your head that their tawdry history has a habit of repeating itself. What kind of game are you playing? I’m not playing a game. I’m trying to stop the games. I am trying to be honest with you. I have been manipulating you. I’ve been misleading you. In what way?

[ Sighing ] Oh… I don’t want to bore you with the details, but I got wind of the fact that lucy and scott were plotting against me. They wanted me to fall for scott. Why the hell would they do that? I think it must have something to do with deception. So when I found out, I turned the tables and I started manipulating them, and thereby you. My intention was only to get revenge on lucy. And then you got swept up in it, and… …I’m so sorry. Selfish, self-centered… of all the hateful… how the hell could you do something like that? Oh, believe me, I’ve done worse. So, you have a choice now that you know the truth. You can either waste your time berating me, or you can use it more wisely and try to get lucy back.

[ Gasps ] Oh, my god. What did I just do? Oh! This was amazi– a disaster! Huh?

[ Sighs ]

Lucy’s not picking up. Well, what did you expect, her to jump at your call? You just broke up with her. Try again. That’s the third call in a row. Obviously, she doesn’t want to talk to me. And I can’t say as I blame her. I’m an idiot. I let someone like you poison my relationship. I wouldn’t be surprised if she ever forgives me. Well, if you give up this easily, maybe she shouldn’T. Why don’t you stop wallowing and figure out a way to get her to listen to you? You know what? Do me a favor. Don’t help. You’ve done enough already. Then again, I can’t stop thinking that if it was that easy for you to turn the two of us against one another, then maybe it’s not meant to be after all. Well, that’s between you and lucy. I, for one, think you can do a lot better than her. But for some unfathomable reason, you are in love with her, so…

[Exhales sharply] You deserve the truth.

After the damage is done? That’s what I don’t understand — why? I mean, you got what you wanted. Revenge. You blew up my relationship with lucy. Why confess now? Why indeed? How did this just happen? How? How? How? How? What — what — what were we thinking? I mean, really, what was i thinking? How in the world did we just end up here again? Well, hang on, lucy. You’re single. I’m single. We didn’t do anything wrong. Right. Right. I mean, technically, i am single because marty just broke up with me. But, I mean, I just ended up with another man in be– well, it wasn’t really in bed, was it? It was horizontal behind a haystack! Hay…hay bale. Excuse me? It’s a hay bale. Not a haystack. Who cares?! Hay bale, haystack. I just had… sex with another man when the love of my life just broke up with me —

just. I am not particularly proud of this! Lucy… you are very emotional. All those things that martin said to you… come on. It’s not like we planned this. Right. It just sort of happened ’cause I was emotional and I was devastated and — and — and — and — and very, very, very, very hurt. Um, so you’re right. You were here, and it just happened. It felt familiar. You know what? You better be honest with yourself, and you sure as hell better start being honest with me, damn it!

[ Gasps ] After anna and jordan refused to disclose whatever information they had about the unsub, I had no choice but to arrest them. They’re hiding something, robert. Look. Yeah, I get it that you got a job to do here, but if anna… well, you know anna. If she’s prepared to go to these lengths to check this out, then you’ve got to know that she’s got a good reason. Too much is at stake here. I need to clear this case, and anna and jordan are both getting in my way. Jordan ignored my warning, and then she and anna joined forces and cost me my best lead. How’d they do that? The gun dealer lawyered up and isn’t talking. They admit that they learned something from him, but they won’t say what. So you think that throwing them in jail on an obstruction charge is going to help? Whatever it takes. They’re both former law enforcement. They understand that time is of the essence in a case like this. But anna’s more interested in protecting sonny corinthos. Yeah. Don’t start me on him. I mean, we’re both on the same page when it comes to that guy. Agreed. Look, as the da, I understand the position you’re in. I appreciate that. But I have to insist that you drop the charges. I get you want to investigate who shot curtis. He’s your ex-husband. You want that shooter to pay. Yeah. Curtis could be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Whoever did that to him should be behind bars. I agree with you. The problem is the feds told you to back off, and instead you went and got anna involved. Yeah, I didn’t need convincing. Could have easily been me that was hit that day and not curtis. I know, look, I get it. I get it. I just…I wish you guys had come to me. We didn’t want to involve you or anyone else into a fight with the feds. Well, it would have been better than this. Now you’re in a cell facing serious criminal charges, are you not? Yeah, well, if we had just had a few more minutes with the gun dealer, this would all be moot point. He was on the verge of talking to us when the fbi burst in. We were so close to identifying the person who shot curtis. Did you manage to get anything? Well, you did get one piece of intel that we can use. Answer me, sonny. You think I’m behind this? Hey, wait a minute. We’ve known each other a long time. Yes. I can always count on you. That’s why I asked you to be second in command. And I gladly accepted the position and all that it entails. Yes, I know that. But I’ve been in this business a long time, and I know people have a breaking point. And if you were ever in a position like that, I would hope that you would come to me before you did anything you shouldn’t do. Of course I would! You and I have been through entirely too much together for me to ever even think about doing anything against you! I didn’t think it was you. I just — I just had to make sure, you know? With all these people that are close to me… it’s making me question everything. You understand? I understand. If I were in your position, I’d do the same thing. So we’re good? Yeah. We’re good. But… …in the spirit of honesty… I’ve got a confession to make.

I did a favor for jordan ashford. Since when do you work for the cops? I don’T. Never have, never will. But jordan isn’t a part of the pcpd any longer. She hasn’t been a cop for a while, and now she owes me a favor whenever I ask, no questions asked. Somebody in the mayor’s office owing you is… could be good down the line. It’s exactly what I was thinking. But it still doesn’t help us figure out who the rat in my organization is. No. It doesn’T. Based on the intricacy of the attack, along with how easily the shooter escaped from puerto rico… this isn’t a result of some person just shooting off at the mouth loosely or let some information slip. This wasn’t a mistake or an accident. Somebody I trust… wants me dead. Yeah. Sonny doesn’t know you’re here? He doesn’T. But he isn’t going to tell me to keep this from you, so I’m not going behind his back here. Between the shooting and spencer dying so unexpectedly, sonny’s been going nonstop. I don’t think he’s had time to process either of those things yet. You know, my first instinct is to [Scoffs] Go see my father, but I don’t think I’m welcome in his house right now. I can’t speak on your relationship with your father. That’s between you two. That’s why I made the decision not to… turn him into the feds. I started working on our reconciliation, and I… we made it. At least, I think we did. I mean, things were good between us in puerto rico. That’s why I couldn’t — I couldn’t bring myself to tell him the truth about what nina did, because it would break his heart. And I also knew that he would take it as me telling him that he was wrong to choose nina over my mom, and… I mean, sonny — sonny claims that he’s angry at me because… I kept quiet about what nina did. But he’s more angry because I was right about her all along. As we surmised, the shooting at metro court was an attempt on sonny’s life, but it is a smaller piece of a much larger case. Well, how do you know that? Because the agent who arrested us gave us a piece of intel. So, apparently the feds are investigating this string of killings that has been committed using the cache of weapons stolen from the wsb. Now, they believe that it is a single person responsible for these murders and that all the victims have something in common, but he just wouldn’t give up what that is. There’s something else you two should know as well. There was another attempt made on sonny’s life a few days ago at his island. Is he okay? Was anyone hurt? Yeah, he’s fine. Everyone’s fine. But whoever this is obviously wants to finish the job. And we’re stuck in this cell, unable to help. Dante, can you get us out of here? Please? Why, so you can run around town investigating again and put yourselves in harm’s way again? Oh, come on, the feds don’t want to work with anyone else on this. And besides, sonny isn’t exactly their favorite person anyway. We are in a much better position to help him. We can’t just sit in here while someone makes an attempt on his life. No, I know, I know, I know. I’ll talk to robert, see if I can get you arraigned and released tonight. Thank you. Don’t make me regret it. Not you too, robert. You’re the district attorney. You should understand better than anyone why no one can be above the law. Look at this! Something we agree on. Look. Anna’s the mother of my child. We’re always going to have each other’s backs. So, I ask you… let them go. I hear you, but I need whatever anna and jordan are hiding. If I let them walk, I’m left with nothing. You drop the charges, I’ll get them to share whatever they know with you. You really think you can get her to do that? Oh, yeah. Anna responds better to those who are on her good side. Lucy, you can deny this all you want, but there’S… there’s something between us. Come on. That [Snaps fingers] Spark that we had years ago, it’s still here. So why fight it? Me being with you is like me just breathing. Well, our history says otherwise, doesn’t it? I mean, how many times have we cheated on… nice, deserving people with each other? How many — how many times have we schemed? How many lies have we told? How much damage have we done everywhere? And how many times that we have tried to make this — what is this? — This — this relationship work? Every time we fail! Well, you know why? Maybe that’s because all of that didn’t matter… until now. Now. This is our time. Okay. I’ll admit I feel close to you… and I am more of my real self… with you than anybody else. Okay. Then stop fighting it. Oh!

Mar– marty. What are you doing here? Apparently interrupting. Yeah, buster. We’re busy. I can see that. I don’t have to ask what you are doing here. Oh, really? You know what? You don’t get a say. Because you just broke up with me. Remember? You don’t get to say what I do! For god’s sakes, lucy! We just broke up, what, 15 minutes ago?! Of course, what you do still matters to me. And for your information, I came here to tell you I was wrong… that I made a mistake when I said we were over. ‘Cause it turns out that all of our problems were manufactured — by tracy quartermaine. Sorry if I kept you waiting. Call took longer than I expected. It’s fine. Ahh. A-are we still on for dinner? Actually, I’d rather not. Uh, if this is about me, uh, leaving you alone for so long, I apologize. No, no, no, no. But it couldn’t be helped. It’s fine. I just — I’ve… I’ve lost my appetite. Okay. Okay. Something’s going on here. Um, if you want to deal with it all alone, I’ll go. No questions asked. But I saw that, uh, you and martin grey were having A… rather, uh, animated discussion. And, uh, I’m here for you if you want to talk about whatever happened with him that’s got you so upset. I don’t have a problem with martin. I have a problem with you. I appreciate how close you and anna are, and I understand you wanting to look out for her, but nothing you do will matter if anna and jordan keep interfering in my investigation. Look. You release them to me. I will take personal responsibility for their supervision. I hope you know what you’re doing. Yeah. Fine. I will extend you this one-time professional courtesy and drop the charges against anna and jordan, provided you keep them in line. Look. I know you’re in a tough position. I owe you one.

[ Chuckles ] I just got to admit — if you had told me when I was running around port charles causing trouble that one day the D.A. Would ask me for a favor, I never would have believed you. People change. You should be proud of the man you’ve become. Hey. Sorry to interrupt. Can I steal the D.A. For a minute? Sure. Uh, I just came from talking with anna and jordan. Well, we had a little talk to the fbi, and, uh, they’re gonna drop the charges. Really? Wow. That’s great. Yeah. Hey. Let’s get together before you leave town. Looking forward to it. Hey. We haven’t met. I’m detective dante falconeri. Falconeri. You’re sonny corinthos’ son. Yeah. Yeah. And who are you? I’m special agent john cates. You were right to start off by looking at the people closest to you. It takes people with the right kind of knowledge to pull a job off like this. I would start off with frank, gabe, and dex. Don’t be surprised if you don’t find anything on dex. Dex hasn’t been the most transparent person with you, sonny. You know what? He’s been loyal to me repeatedly. He got shot saving my life when we were ambushed. If tony hadn’t come back, he’d be dead right now. H-he also did a really good job in puerto rico. He let me know when the guard was knocked out and for me and ava to take cover. There can be a simple explanation for this, you know. Whoever’s doing this, I mean, they got to deflect attention away from themself, right? Maybe he put the wheels in motion so he could come to the rescue and save the day for you and ava. That way, he looks like the hero, he provides himself some cover, he turns around, and then, ultimately, you feel gratitude towards him. And maybe, just maybe, you allow him even more access into your operation. Well, that sounds like smart play, but the thing is, you know, we don’t know if it’s dex and we don’t have evidence of that, do we? Dex was coordinating with the head of the security on the island. Plus, he’s the one that found the shooter’s hideout. I’m just saying. It fits. I’m not saying that stuff isn’t important, but I know that sonny is only worried about keeping his family safe. Yeah, which means finding the person behind the attack. Are there any leads? I mean, how close is sonny to finding the person who tried to kill him? His theory is that it’s someone on the inside. Well, then there’s a way I can help my father. How? You.

Do you know how to get out? You’re right. I mean, it’spossible dex is a traitor. But he doesn’t really know a lot about my business. That means he would have had to get access elsewhere. Dex doesn’t need to know all the inner workings of the organization, sonny. He just needs to know when, where, and how you’re the most vulnerable. Like I told you before, he’s, you know — he’s gone above and beyond. I offered him a job that I wouldn’t trust many people to do because it would have bound him for the rest of his life. And guess what. He didn’t even blink. He’d have gone through with it if I didn’t stop him. I get it. You like the kid. You exposed him to a lot of sensitive things. He came through. But here’s the question. Is it possible how you’re feeling is exactly what he wanted you to feel? I want to find out who’s after sonny just as much as you do, michael. ‘Cause as long as he’s in danger, so is his family. And I don’t want anything happening to joss or anyone she loves. I will do everything in my power to keep you all safe. Good. Because if sonny’s right and someone on the inside is working against him… look, dex, you are in the perfect position to find out who it is. Sonny hasn’t asked me to look into anyone in the organization yet. You can be discreet. He never has to know. It’s risky. Look, if sonny catches me, he could assume that I’m the traitor trying to cover up my tracks. Make sure he never finds out. Look, dex, you are the best at this, and I will gladly pay you extra for the risk that you’re taking. I thought dante would be back with an update by now. Well, I’m sure he’s moving as fast as he can. Ha! You guys got yourselves into a bit of a situation, have we? Don’t gloat, robert, please. Did you talk to dante? Yes. I got good news and bad news. What is it? Thanks to my incredible powers of persuasion, cates has agreed to, uh, drop the charges. Oh. That’s great. Thank you. What’s the bad news? You’ve got to back off this investigation. Oh, come on. We were just making progress. Yeah. No. We are going to find out who is behind this entire operation. We’re not gonna stop now. You might as well stay in this cell ’cause cates isn’t gonna give you another chance. Look. You’re civilians. You have no right being involved in this business. I mean, you’ve got no power. What are you gonna do if you catch this perp? You can’t do anything with him. You may as well cooperate with cates. Maybe I will do exactly that. Meaning…? The conversation I had with mayor collins last week. Laura offered me a position in her administration. But the timing wasn’t right. And I think the timing has just changed. I don’t understand. How could you have a problem with me? All I’ve ever done is try to be a friend to you. That’s my problem. Gregory, your friendship is changing me, and I don’t like it. Changing you. How? Ever since I met you, I have been getting… soft. I surrender in feuds. I compromise with the — ugh. The bensonhurst brigade. I’m trying to help people that I don’t even like. Making donations to grieving widows? It’s poor form to ask a lady about her finances. But if I did… it is a direct result of your influence. Being around you… is making me nice. Is that really so bad? Oh, well, that’s easy for you to say. You don’t have to live with the consequences.

[ Gasps ] Oh, my god! I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. That’s not what I meant. It came out wrong. It came out wrong. I wasn’t thinking. I…

[ Laughing ] What does tracy have to do with any of this? Well, it turns out, for weeks now, she’s been intentionally feeding me little tidbits of information — about you and your history and your relationship with scott — because she wanted to poison the well. She wanted me to doubt you, make me believe that you were being unfaithful to me. What?! Yeah, that was my reaction when she accosted me in the restaurant just now. Some kind of attempt to unburden her conscience. She mentioned something about turning the tables on you two because she realized that you were plotting against her. Lucy, I didn’T… the plan was foolproof. Oh, that conniving snake! What, you think? Because from where I’m standing, she wasn’t far wrong. Yeah. I mean, obviously you’ve been hiding parts of yourself from me, and he’s had full access. You two have been getting closer and closer together while we’ve been drifting apart? No, that’s not true. You — you know me really well. You do. And we’re very, very good together. I — I don’t know what this was. This was just some sort of mistake, that’s all. It was just a big mistake. No. It was! The mistake was me coming here asking you for forgiveness. It was so easy for her to manipulate us. All she had to do was use your nature against you. Oh, come on. That’s not — that’s not true. Please. Could we just go somewhere and talk together? Because I know — I know I can make it right. I… I love you. Yeah, well… that’s what makes this so sad. Because I love you, too. But… I’m all talked out. Matter of fact, right now… I don’t think I ever want to see you again.

[ Breathing sharply ] Cates. Relation to stone cates? I have a son named stone, but I believe you’re referring to my younger brother. So that’s how you know my father. Yeah, he — he used to talk a lot about stone. I guess they were — they were really close. Yeah. They were. You and sonny go way back, then? We have plenty of history. And now you’re the fbi agent in charge of a case that involves my father.

[ Door opens ] Well, I take it this means you’ve accepted my terms. Actually, no. I’m not stepping back from the case. I’m gonna continue to investigate. As the new police commissioner.

He can’t even stand to be in the same room with me. He — he couldn’t really even look at me. Lucy. So what? He wouldn’t even hear you out. You deserve better than him. Okay? No, I don’T. He — he just broke up with me, and somehow I end up in your arms. So he is right. I am a horrible, horrible person. That’s not true, lucy. Come on. Listen to me for a second here. Would you just leave? Lucy. Get out now! Now! Leave! Leave!

[Laughing] Ohh. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Thank you, tracy. I don’t understand what’s so funny. Oh, well… ever since I was diagnosed with als… well, people have been tiptoeing around me, being so proper and polite and… and handling me with kid gloves like I’m gonna break at any moment. I hate it! I didn’t realize how much I needed someone to talk to me like I wasn’t sick until you said that.

[ Laughs ] Oh, man. You know I didn’t mean it the way it came out. Well, even if you did, I’m — I’m fine with it.

[ Laughs ] I may have a fatal disease, but I’m still the same old gregory on the inside. And it’s just so nice to have someone talk to me like — like I’m normal.

[ Laughs ] I — I appreciate it more than you know. So no matter how nice you may have become, I hope you never stop doing that. I will do my best.

[ Chuckles ] Since when are you the police commissioner? Mayor collins asked me if I wanted my old position back, and I told her, “I need to think about it,” which I did — when I was stuck in the cell. And I accepted that job. So you can continue to undermine my investigation? No. So I can hunt down the threat to port charles in my new capacity is law enforcement, and no one can stand in my way. So if you want the pcpd’s help, special agent cates, you’re gonna have to give us the fbi’s help in return. We can’t count anyone out as a suspect. I need you to look into everybody in my organization. And that includes dex. I’ll get right on it. I know you’re fond of dex. So for your sake, I’m hoping I jumped to the wrong conclusion. But, sonny… this is me. You know, I’m rarely wrong about stuff like this. I’ll find out if dex is hiding something. The money’s in your account now. I appreciate it, but this isn’t about the money. I just want to keep joss and her family safe… and stay in sonny’s good graces. I mean, if he even gets a hint that I came on with an ulterior motive — he won’T. He won’T. Look, dex. We both want the same thing here. Just find out who the threat is to sonny and the rest of my family and report everything you learn back to me, okay? You can count on it.

[ Exhales heavily ] So, what will you do to dex if you find out he hasn’t been loyal after all? I’ll make him beg for death. Yeah.

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ladio, no, listen to me. Somebody tried to take me out on my own private island. And you haven’t found out who it is yet? Okay, listen.[ Knock on door ] I’m gonna give you 24 hours to find out who it is. If not, I’m gonna find a new head of security. Do you understand me?! Hey. Sonny. I can’t believe spencer’s gone. Yeah, I can’t either. Come on in. I’m sorry about spencer. Ah. He was, uh… well, he was one of a kind, right? Yeah. Um, how’s alexis holding up? Mom is doing what she does best and just diving into work.

[ Knock on door ] Come in. Just wanted to let you know that, uh, I’ll be unavailable for the next couple of hours. Okay. I’m taking tracy to a, uh, well, it’s either a late lunch or an early dinner. Whatever it is, it’s in the name of future in-law solidarity. Good. Have fun. Alexis, is everything okay? No, everything is not okay. My nephew, spencer, is dead. I need better… hay! Look at this. T-this is wrong. This is so, so very wrong. It’s coarse. It’s brittle. It’s dry. It’s icky. I know, we tried the artificial hay, but it was reading fake, so I put it back on the truck. Oh, I don’t care. You know what we’re selling? Come on, we’re selling rustic romance, not barnyard reality. I’ll get right on that. Oh, wait. Yes. Um, did martin happen to call for me at the office? No. Ah. Uh, but, you know, I really need for him to know where to find me. I left him a message about the photo shoot. Oh, great. Um, did you leave him all that — the time, the location, and my number, in case, for any reason, he couldn’t reach you. Okay. Thank you. Mm-hmm. Um, so, why are you still standing there? You know what we need? Oh. Giddy up. Go. Giddying up. Yeah. Giddy, giddy. Yahoo. Oh, martin, have you even called? No, not a text. Nothing. Fine. If you’re t gonna call me, then I will call you again and again. Oh, not to worry, lucy. I’m here. Yay. Great. Um, listen, I could really use some good news, so please tell me, how did it go with tracy and the flowers? I don’t know. I haven’t talked to her. That is not good news, is it? Well, I-I can’t get her to just call me. Well, why don’t you call her? Well, that would look desperate. Okay, then you could call her in a non-desperate way. And you need to make it fast, ’cause marty is so annoyed with me, you know? And I can’t really tell him what exactly we’re up to — our plan to take revenge on tracy. So could you please just call tracy and fast? Okay, lucy, take it easy.

[ Sighs ]

[ Line ringing ]

[ Cellphone ringing ]

[ Chuckles ] Unh-unh, scott. You’re gonna have to twist a little bit longer. Hello, martin. Are you okay? Actually, no. You’re gonna have to forgive me, ms. Quartermaine, but at present, I neither have the will nor the patience to entertain any of your constant insinuations about lucy and scott. As I’ve stated ad nauseam, lucy’s past is none of my business. Well, isn’t that just the problem? Lucy never puts the past behind her, and when she gets involved with someone, scott comes sniffing around just like he is now. You know, if you’re gonna ke the accusation, least you could do is provide some evidence. Oh, okay. You want evidence? Well…the other day, when you and lucy had your little public dustup… scott bolted off, abandoned me… to go comfort lucy. O’neill’s in custody. Oh, good. Jordan ashford… meet jagger cates. John, please. I’ve outgrown the old nickname. How do you two know each other? John is a friend of my daughter robin’S. Tell her she owes me an e-mail from six months ago. I-I’ll mention it. So, can you fill us in on this investigation? Well, I’m the special agent in charge, and you two are interfering. My agents told you to stay out of this. You should have listened.

[ Gasps ] Hello, mother. Nikolas. Oh, my god, thank god. Thank god you and ace are alright. Oh, thank god.

[ Voice breaking ] I heard that, spencer… is it true? Yes. Spencer’s gone. W-what happened? Come in. Come in. Spencer went overboard. He was on a ship on the seine. The french authorities weren’t able to find his body, but the evidence suggests that he couldn’t have survived that. Was it esme? Yes. Which means spencer is dead because I took ace. My son is dead because of me.

[ Sobs ]

If you don’t mind my asking, what did the two of you fight about? Actually, I do mind. That is personal. It’s between lucy and myself. Don’t tell me the two of you broke up. No, we did not. I am so sorry to disappoint you. I’m sorry. I’m sorry to see what lucy has done to you. Don’t you get it that scott and lucy cannot stay away from each other? And worse than that, they don’t want to. I don’t know why tracy cooled on me. You know, I thought I was making progress with her, you know? In fact, she even got a little jealous when she saw me paying attention to you and your dandy of a boyfriend. Your little squabble. You mean before you abandoned tracy in the middle of the metro court? Well, I was worried about you. Great. Well, how is being worried about me endearing yourself to tracy? Well, pardon me, lucy, for thinking about your emotional well-being. My emotional well-being is just fine. I am fine. Fine, fine, fine. I mean, it — it — it will be. I know marty is really angry, but I just think I can convince him to work things out with me, you know? Maybe you can. Maybe you can’T. I can, and I will. Is this guy really worth it? Yeah, of course he is. I mean, we’re just hitting a-a rough patch, you know? We — we really are good together. We are. Well, then… I hope you work things out. Do you really? No. I just want you to be happy. I gotta go. I-I gotta go right now. I need — I need to — to find marty now. Right this minute. I’m gonna go look for him. What about the tracy business? Oh, don’t worry. We’ll take care of it. Uh, you stay put. Um, I’ll be right back. Stay. I briefly spoke with trina. She’s broken up. She’s with ava right now. What’s happening with that? How long is ava staying here with you? It’s open-ended. I mean, ava’s is going through a lot right now, and at least we get more time to spend with — with avery. I’m amazed the two of you have been able to coexist this long. Well, you know, avery’s happy with her mother, and that’s what matters. How was the, uh, family vacation on the island? It had its moments. I’m afraid I’ve got to get going. Oh, I didn’t even offer you coffee. Can I — I’m — I’m good. I’m gonna check on my mom at the invader. Okay. Okay, I’ll — I’ll see you at home. Yeah. I love you. I love you, too. Bye, sonny. Uh, you want to tell me what’s really going on? Death is never easy, especially when you’re blindsided. I just can’t believe that spencer’s gone. No, I know, but, uh, it feels like maybe there’s something else happening. You got extra security? Was there some kind of threat? There was an incident on the island. An incident? What do you mean an incident? Somebody almost took me out. Curtis ashford is my ex-husband. He almost died in the shooting. I understand that, but neither of you are law enforcement. Not anymore. You’re not even deputized. So I’m telling you, stop pursuing this.

Or you could deputize us. Oh. Problem solved. That’s not happening. But don’t you understand? Jordan and I were there when curtis was shot. I don’t see how you could expect us to walk away. Because this is an fbi investigation. And curtis ashford’s shooting is only one part of something much… much bigger. We’d all have been much better off if esme had just left town. My nephew would be alive if I didn’t offer her that job. But you gave her a chance to prove herself. And she did. She proved to be a capable assistant. She proved to us all that she was a capable mother. All of that because of your generosity of spirit. No good deed. I don’t believe reaching out to someone else is ever a mistake. Well, it clearly was a mistake, wasn’t it? And now we’re all well down that road to hell that I helped build. Nikolas is god-knows-where with ace and spencer is dead. Ace is finally down for a nap.

[ Sniffles ] I didn’t want your son to see you that upset, nikolas.

[ Sniffles ] You mean my one remaining son. Thank you. I — I wasn’t thinking. It’s okay. You’re in shock. We all are. I thank god that you still have ace. That is something to be really grateful for. It’s so good that you came home. You need to be with your family now. I was afraid you’d slam the door in my face. I suppose I-I maybe should have after everything you put me through. You know that you should never have taken ace, right? I know. And it’s what led to my spencer’s death. Sit down. Please. Please sit down. This is important. Okay. I want you to listen to me. You are not responsibl for spencer’s death. You didn’t do that. Esme did it, okay? Esme was trying to attack trina, and spencer tried to stop her. I know, and he lost his life in the process. I know. I know I didn’t put him in the seine, mother, but my actions did put himin esme’s osshairs. And I-I-I don’t even know how you can look at me right now. You are my son. I love you. I will always love you. I will always be here for you. Always. Thank you.

[ Sniffles ] I know I… I don’t deserve your kindness. Yes, you do. Honey, you do. You did the right thing by coming back here. You’re not gonna stay, are you? I can’T. If I stay, I’ll go to prison. You held a pregnant woman captive for months. Has it occurred to you that maybe you belong in prison? I know it’s what I deserve, but I still have one son who needs me. I-I’m sorry, mother, but — but I have to go. Are you kidding me? If that’s the kind of man you are, if that’s the kind of father you are, he would be better off without you.

Hi. Um, your secretary told me where I could find you. I-I suppose I should be glad that you allowed her to tell me. Well, I needed a little space. And do you still? Yeah. As youish. Um, you know, before I go, I-I just need to say, um… it’s really hard to apologize to you if you won’t answer my phone calls. Honestly, I’m not sure there’s much to say. Oh, come on, for god’s sake. Really, it was just a slip of the tongue. I said I loved you, and I did. Before that moment, during this moment, at this moment, I-I love you. I don’t know what happened, I just panicked. I made a mistake. I think we both know how you meant it. No, pl– please just give me another chance. I don’t understand. Your island is like a fortress. How does someone get that close to you? We’re looking into it, dante. Looking into it? What do you mean? The shooter got away? I don’t want to talk right now. I don’t want any questions or anything. I’m not in the mood. I’m on your side. You know that, right? Well, really? ‘Cause it didn’t seem that way when I was being cuffed… okay. …And you were reading my rights. We already talked about that. You don’t want to be arrested, don’t beat people up in churches. Okay, I’ll take that as good advice. Hey, listen. You’re my father. No matter what, I love you no matter what. And I want to help you if I can. You’re right. You’re right. I-I… I shouldn’t have snapped. It’s just that I don’t know who to trust anymore. What are you saying? This was an inside job? Nikolas: You’re right. My — my taking ace wasn’t the only thing that led to spencer’s death. The loneliness that… led him to being vulnerable to esme in the first place… allowing him and all of you to believe that… that I was dead. Now, w-what kind of father does that to his little boy? Nikolas, this — no, ace is better off without me. Okay, I’m gonna — I’m gonna leave him here with you and kevin where he belongs, and I’m gonna disappear. It’s best if my son never sees me again. That’s not what I meant. You know that. I know, but I’m agreeing with you. I want ace to have a good life. Yes. He deserves to have a good life with his father. Nikolas, if you would just face the mistakes that you made and take responsibility for them, it’s not too late for you to have a good life, too.

I am so, so sorry. I have been distracted. I’ve been so worried about keeping my eyes on tracy and scott. But you got to believe me. It’s — it’s, um — it’s more about tracy, really, than scott. Well, this isn’t about scott. It isn’t? No. Buttercup, it’s about you and me. About us. You’ve been moving away from me little by little, inch by inch, for quite a while now, until finally, when bobbie spencer died, you…wanted to be with somebody else. With him, not me. No, it — it — it’s just because bobbie and scott and i have had a long and complicated, very turbulent history. That’s all. It’s kind of a tired euphemism for a garden variety love triangle, isn’t it? Doesn’t really matter regardless. I mean, whatever the reason is, simple fact is that now, whenever you require solace, your instinct is to turn to scott. That’s got to say something about you and me, doesn’t it? Gregory: Sorry to keep you waiting. Well, that’s okay. Uh, I’ve been kept waiting longer, believe me. I see you found something to keep you occupied.

[ Chuckles ] Those two? Who wouldn’t be curious? Given their expressions, I would imagine they’re discussing the same subject that held me up. What would that be? Uh, you don’t know? Um, I’m not sure how well you knew him, but, uh, martin’s great-nephew, spencer cassadine, was killed in paris. Thank you for coming. Yeah, just tell me what I can do to help. Apparently it’s incumbent on me to have to write spencer’s obituary, and I have no idea where to begin. Ooh, that’s a lot. Um… wow, mom, I don’t know. He had a lot of flair. He did indeed. And if I have to talk about him in the past one more time, I’m gonna lose it. I bet you I can make you smile with one word. No, I bet you can’T. Chupacabra. Chupacabra.

[ Chuckles ] Oh, I forgot about that. And it turned out to be heather webber hiding in the stables. And all along we thought it was spencer ’cause he insisted. Do you remember when spencer went all “phantom of the opera” at the nurses’ ball? Yeah, he dropped those sandbags on cameron, right? And then there was the, um… election tampering, where he sent his chauffeur into the harbor to retrieve the stolen ballot box. Wow. I think that covers the big ticket items from when he was about…10.

[ Both laugh ] Spencer was a dramatic child. Never ceased to amaze me. Damn right. He was a brilliant kid. And he had a lot to offer. And now all we have are memories. Out of professional respect for you both, I’m gonna bring you up to speed on a few things, if only to persuade you that we have this under control so you can let it alone. Got it? By all means. Please. The rifle that was used to shoot curtis ashford is one of a large number of unmarked weapons stolen from the wsb. Other weapons from the same cache have been used in a string of shootings throughout the us. I’m afraid that’s all I can tell you. Oh, come on. Don’t be ridiculous. Come on, anna, you know how much I respect you. And I’m aware of your exemplary record as police commissioner of port charles. Thank you. But again, neither of you are currently law enforcement. I can’t have you conducting your own investigation. Of course you can’T. Thank you for understanding. So bring us in. We can work together. No, it is too late for me. I made all the wrong choices. And in the process… I lost my son. But ace is still here. Instead of giving him up, do what it takes to deserve a place in his life. By going to prison. You have got to make this right, nikolas. You have to. You have to fix what you can. And you have to atone for the rest of it. I’m sorry, but it’s the only way. It’s the only way that you can go back to being the good man that you were. I don’t know if I can do that. You’ve got to try. For ace’s sake, you’ve got to, please. Please, nikolas. We’ve just lost spencer. Don’t make me lose you again, too.

You really still have faith in me? Always. Even if I was to run away today. That would break my heart. But I would still hold out hope that you would one day find the strength to come back, to be a good father to the child you have left. Hm. I’m amazed you think I have any strength. I know you do. Because I saw it in spencer. And he got it from you.

[ Sobs ] Come on now.

[ Sobbing ] Come on now. Thanks for letting me know. Your superiors need a little bit more convincing before they bring us in? Actually, I’ve just been informed that you two have blown my best lead. How could we possib– mr. O’neill. The gun dealer you met with tonight in your little citizens’ stinoperation. He was supplying the unsub with weapons. Well, he has just lawyered up and is refusing to talk without the promise of full immunity, which my boss will not sign off on. So thanks so much for your help. I am sorry about that. You being sorry doesn’t do me a lot of good right now. If you really want to help, tell me all about the meeting with the dealer. Did you get anything useful from him? I have been different since bobbie died, you know. Her death affected me in… ways I never even considered. You know, losing a loved one will do that to you.

[ Chuckles ] Don’t you see? That’s just it. We didn’t love e– I mean, we didn’t even like each other. I think probably sometimes we — well, maybe hates too strong of a word, but we certainly never got along. And it — it wasn’t just because of scott. There were so many other reasons. Well, one way or another, she was important to you. I-I — she was. Think about it. I mean, you saw each other at your best, but over the years, you got to know each other… intimately at your worst, and that forms some kind of bond. I guess I never really thought about it that way, but… yeah. Yes. Now…you lose that person, that bond gets broken. All of a sudden, you look at your life with a new sense that… time really is short. That it’s precious. You get to realize the importance of… letting go of something when it just… isn’t working anymore. And we’re not working. I’m sorry to be the one to tell you. I didn’t realize you and spencer were close. Well, we weren’t close. I-I hardly knew him. Well, I-I don’t know all the details, but apparently esme prince was involved. She’s also missing and presumed dead. That is all a tragedy. How’s alexis? Grieving. I’m sure. And blaming herself. For what? For taking a chance on esme. I believe esme was making a sincere effort to be a better person, and she was proving to be an excellent mother, much to everyone’s surprise, so… I mourn the loss of the person that she could have been if her father hadn’t manipulated her feelings, turning her into a bitter, angry young woman. The shooter knew the layout and security so well that he got past the guards. He even knocked one guard out. Well, now I can see why you think it was someone from within your organization. You got any ideas? Not yet. But we’ll see. What next, detective? We question suspects. You mean the people that are closest to me? Everyone. We question everyone, no matter how much it hurts. Everyone is guilty until proven otherwise.

Alright, so how do we distill “the best of spencer cassadine” in 450 words? Mom, I think you just focus on the positive. So we leave out his teenage crime spree. I think we focused on what made spencer spencer. His love for drama,obviously. Of all kinds. Yes. How about his love for horseback riding? His quick wit. Both in quips and schemes. His resiliency. You knowspencer acting all shallow and spoiled when he was little… he was pretending. It wasn’t real. He was just guarded. And he was fearful,and he had every right to be. But then he grew up, and he really opened up and allowed us to see who he really was. And he was… …a gift. So much has happened between you and me. But now there’s this thing with scott. No, I swear to you, it’s not what you think. No. It’s — it’s something. I swear it’s not. It’s not.Lucy, it’s something. And whatever it is tends to eclipse whatever we are… or might have been. Now…I’d be the first person to admit I haven’t always been the most honorable man. But I love you.

[ Inhales deeply ] Oh, I love you. More than I ever loved any of the w– the women I married. You know, and that’s, uh… that’s done something for me. Now, I know I don’t want to spend too much time looking over my shoulder wondering what the hell is going on. I think… I think I deserve better.

[ Inhales sharply ] Bye, lucy.

[ Stammering ] G-g-goodbye?

[ Sobbing ] Thanks. I’ll call right now. I am sorry, tracy. Um, my doctor’s referring me to a new specialist, and I have to make an appointment right away. That’s — go right ahead. Take your time. Thanks. And I — I — I am sorry. I didn’t realize that spencer’s death would affect you so much. Oh. Thank you. I’ll be fine.

[ Sobbing ] Oh, for crying out — lucy! What took you so long? Uh-oh. What happened?

[ Exhales deeply ] Marty broke up with me. He said… he said… wait a minute. If he insulted you, I will knock his teeth out. And then I’ll slap a lawsuit on the dentist that fixes them. No, he said that he deserves… better.

[ Sobbing ] Oh. So you did get something from our gunrunner friend. Yeah. We learn something about the unidentified subject. But rather than just give you that information… after which you almost certainly would discard us. …I propose that… we have an exchange of information. Like we tell you everything we learned from the dealer, and you tell us everything you know about the unsub so far. Everythingor everything is a fair trade. Yeah? I mean, look, for starters, obviously we don’t believe that curtis was the intended target. We think it was sonny corinthos. Well, believe it or not, the fbi did consider the possibility that the crime boss may have been a more logical target than the nightclub owner. Well, there you go. And sonny has reason to believe that whoever is after him is still trying. So whatever you can tell us about the unsub could be incentive for him to tell us what he knows. You want me to provide you with intel that you plan on sharing with sonny corinthos? The man should have been in prison decades ago. He doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Well, that’s the sonny that you remember. It’s not the one that I know. Only because that’s the sonny he shows you. Perhaps. But I can keep him in line. Really? Because nobody’s ever been able to put a leash on sonny corinthos. Maybe I’ll be the first. Thanks for coming through for me like this. Yeah, yeah. Of course. You know, things have just — they haven’t been easy. I mean with michael and nina. What I’m trying to say is I — it’s hard to trust anyone, but I know I can trust you. Yeah, you’re damn right you can. And I promise you, this stays between us.

[ Cellphone ringing ] Ah, it’s laura. Laura. Hey, what’s going on? I’m home. I need you to come over as soon as possible. Why? Is everything okay? I’m here with nikolas. He’s ready to turn himself in.

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am I glad you’re home! Yeah. Glad to be home. Took forever to get here. What can I do? Hold me.

[ Sighs ] I kept picturing you on that boat in paris, in the dark. I should have been there. No. Come on now. You were in the hospital, recovering, and thank god for that. Thank god.

[ Sighs ] And there was nothing you could do anyway, you know. Well, there are few feelings in life worse than feeling helpless. Yeah. So, by the time we got there, um, the search-and-rescue thing, that was well underway, and, uh… and then at some point, dante came over… and he said that they couldn’t find them anywhere. And all I could think was, “there’s a mistake. That can’t be. It just can’t be.” It’s — not my spencer. Well, you were in shock. You probably still are. Yeah, I guess. Yeah , trina and I stoodon the — the deck of the boat for a very long time. She held on to hope so tightly. But then… as the search went on, I mean, we could both just sort of feel it slipping away. It’s good you were there for each other. Yeah, everybody was really supportive. And then curtis and dante, they took care of everything, every detail. I’m so grateful for that. I don’t know if I thanked them. I’m sure you did, but we’ll do it again. Kevin, I feel like I blinked and nikolas was gone. And then ace. And now spencer.

[ Voice breaking ] It’s like my whole family is just fading away before my eyes. Are you sure sonny’s not gonna come back anytime soon? Yeah, I’m positive. We walked in the door from puerto rico, he got a phone call, and he turned around and left. I hope the call is about whatever’s going on in paris. Yeah, I heard about that. You must be worried sick about trina. Yeah, well, I’m beyond worried. It seems the universe decided that one crisis at a time isn’t enough. Sonny and I… are lucky to be alive. What the hell is going on? Who is after you and sonny? Good coverage. Yeah. All we can do is be prepared. I’m hoping all of these precautions turn out to be unnecessary. For our target’s sake, so am I. Ok ay, well, it looks likeyou got things covered. I think I’ve got it under control for the moment, anyway. Great. Well, you know, if anything changes, please don’t hesitate to call me. I don’t want to do that. I know, but until I hire a manager, I’m the cavalry. So please call me. You got it, boss. Thank you, thank you. Oh, my god! Oh, hi. What are you doing here? Why aren’t you in paris? I would have let myself in. Um, I have my key, but, um… josslyn: Hey, what’s wrong? Spencer’s dead. Is laura back? She is. Come in. Is it true? Spencer’s gone. You think we can tru

I think we can count on his opportunism. You know, he doesn’t do anything that doesn’t work to his advantage. You and I, we’re in a position to help him. O’neill, the gun dealer, is not. Brennan gave us the right referrals, or o’neill would have never agreed to meet us. You know what, keep it short and sweet. If you can get him talking about his clients that have bought guns from him, great. If not, then we make the buy, and we spring our trap. Well, the threat of federal charges should be enough to make o’neill give up whoever bought the rifle that was used to shoot curtis. I hope so.

[ Knock on door ] Oh, my god. I am so sorry. Did I spill coffee on you? Not at all. How about you? Are you okay? No, no, I’m fine, I’m fine. Oh, gosh. This is not how I want to welcome people to my place. You own this place? Yeah. When did you change the name? Oh, recently. Oh. I used to work here when it was kelly’S. Really? I’m john. I’m embarrassed.

[ Chuckles ] Carly spencer. Is it too late to welcome you back? Not at all. And thanks. It’s good to be back. Well, en– enjoy your meal. Leo: Aunt carly! Oh, my goodness! Oh, it’s so good to see you. I haven’t seen you in forever. I know. You know what that means? I get an extra hug!

[ Laughs ] Aww! Hey, honey, why don’t you, uh, why don’t you go on in there and look at your book? I’m going to talk to carly about getting you some breakfast. Are you gonna talk about extra powdered sugar on my waffle? What do you think? Is this my first time or what? No, it isn’T. No, it isn’T. Why don’t you sit at this table right there? Okay? See ya. Thanks, buddy. What’s up? Just so you know, we’re not just here for the sugar rush. I wanted to check on you. Why? Well, I read the fashion article in the city gazette today. Written by gemma, someone or other. Gemma… she came by the office and asked me for a comment. Is that article out already? As of this morning. “Drew cain is leading withhis heart, not with his head.” Okay, this has nina’s fingerprints all over it. She quotes an anonymous source. Yeah, well, we know who that anonymous source is. I wish I could say I didn’t agree with you. I was really hoping that nina was going to try and make peace. That’s what’s best for everyone. Is that why you kept nina’s secret? It was “best” for everyone? If dex hadn’t warned usin time for sonny and me to dive for cover, I wouldn’t be sitting here telling you this story right now. Was avery with you? She was in her room. She didn’t know that we were in any danger. She thought the gunfire was fireworks. Thank god. Are you okay? Yeah. Just a couple of scratches. Oh, that’s more than a scratch. Are you in pain? No, no. It’s fine. Like I told the doctor, it’s nothing a good stiff drink can’t fix. [ Chuckles ] Does sonny have any idea who did this? Not that he’s talked about in any detail. You know sonny — he doesn’t really discuss his concerns. Right? He just gets very, very, very quiet. No, he doesn’t eat, he doesn’t sleep. He just moves on and deals with the next thing. I don’t know how he does it. I get the feeling, though, that sonny suspects that this was a second attempt by the people behind curtis’s shooting. Well, that means they’re not going to stop until they succeed. Oh, no, nina, don’t — don’t worry, though, because you know that sonny only works with the very best, and he takes every precaution. I’ve just got to remind myself he wouldn’t be where he is if he took chances. Right. And he wouldn’t have been there for so long. Right? So relax.

[ Chuckles ] You’re not going to be a widow anytime soon. Oh, ava. I don’t even know if I’m still a wife. And before I could even move… esme and spencer were already in the water. They had helicopters and divers, but nobody could find them. But they’re still searching. They can’t be rescued. It’s been too long. It’s impossible. But we can bring him home. No. The — the police, um… they don’t expect to find their bodies. They, um… they think that, um… esme and spencer were carried out to sea. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.

[ Sobs ] I’m sorry that I told you about spencer on the phone. It’S… that’s an awful way to find out. No, any time would have been horrible. It’s good to face the truth. Any update from the french police? They searched for the mandatory 48 hours. After that point, spencer and esme were presumed dead. Their… their bodies were, uh, taken by the current out into the english channel, and then… …they’re just gone.

[ Sobbing ] You’re gonna be fine, okay? Are you doing alright? I have to remind myself to breathe. If there’s anything I could do… there isn’T. If something comes up, just… it’s not going to. It’s good of you to come by, sonny. Laura?

[ Sighs ] This is very difficult for me. I-I get it. I-it’s not just about spencer. This is also about my brother. The way that you laid hands on him, that was unconscionable. I don’t think you know who he is. Oh, I do. I do, sonny, I know what he’s capable of. I thought I knew you. I thought that you were a different man. I am. Yeah, well, I’m sure that he goaded you. And I hope that you just lost control because you nearly killed him with your bare hands. I made a mistake. He — he played me. I went after him. I shouldn’t have done that. Is cyrus worth your trouble? I don’t know. But you are. Our friendship is. Or that’s what I thought. Look…

[ Sighs ] I think we owe each other the truth. So, I’m going to give it to you now. I ha ve had a lot of violenceand bloodshed in my life, and I can’t take it anymore. I won’t take it anymore. Friendship or no friendship. I get that. I hope you do. Cyrus: I h ave every right to be here! Impeccable timing. That must be your brother. Dex: I can’t let you in. It is not up to you! It is, and I’m not letting you in.

Call off your dog, sonny.I’m here to see my family. It’s not a good time.That– that’s why I’m here, so I can help my sister walk through this. You could start by respecting your sister’s wishes. I have nothing but respect for my sister and the profound loss she’s suffered. How’d you find out about spencer? I watched over spencer when he was in pentonville, and I continue to stay abreast of my family’s movements. Whether they wanted you to or not? I lament that I wasn’t able to protect spencer in the end. And I grieve with you and for you, dear sister. Nobody wants to hear that. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Stop it! Stop it! This is not comforting me. Go. Just go. I-I just hope that you can find some comfort knowing that there is a coming glory. Oh! Stop it! It’s good that you’re staying here with sonny. We ll, I don’t knowhow good it is, but it’s safe. Guards everywhere. Avery’s happy to see her father every day. Yeah. Yeah, of course. Sonny’s such a great dad. Well, he talks about his family all the time, that’s for sure. Does he say anything else? Well, we don’t exactly sit down at the end of the day and chat about what happened at the office, you know? Does he, um, ever talk about his marriage? Oh. No. So rry, but he wouldn’t talkabout that with me, of all people, right? But I’ve noticed that he’s still wearing his wedding ring, though, so… oh, hey. Well, that’s something. That’s easy to take off. Yeah. So, if he’s still wearing it, there must be something inside of him that’s not ready to give up on our marriage. [ Chuckles ] I hope so. I-I really hope that things work out for you and sonny, I do. But… I just think that maybe you ought to… …prepare yourself for a life without him. No, I can’t think about that. I can’T. No, I can’t lose sonny. I can’t lose this family because they’re my family, too. I mean, I can’t lose willow, wiley, and amelia. They’re my world. I know. I know. You have that beautiful gallery. You have avery. I don’t have crimson anymore. And if I lose sonny and my daughter, my grandchildren, I have nothing. I wasn’t trying to protect nina. Really? Then who were you trying to protect? Because nina was the only one who benefited from your silence. Hey. You like animals? I’m not supposed to talk to strangers. Mm. That’s a good rule. I taught my son the same rule. But I did tell him that it was okay to talk to law enforcement. I’m agent john. Are you really from the fbi? Yes, sir. Then I’m leo falconeri. Hmm. Well, it’s nice to meet you, leo falconeri.

[ Sighs ] Alright. Whoa! Is this necessary? Can’t be too careful. I want to make a buy, not commit a robbery. Prepare for somebody’s capacity, not their intentions. Covering all my bases. No kidding. Buy me dinner first. No wire, no gun. Good start. So, who referred you? Malloy. But you already know that. How do you know malloy? Book club. You? Yeah, that’s what I thought. It’s probably neither of our business. Okay, so, we got a six lug magnum-length action, arca rail on the handguard, multi-chamber. Now, this baby’s accounted for two of the highest, longest verified sniper shots in history. Alright, let’s talk price. It’s not a negotiation. Since when? You’re paying for quality and confidentiality. This thing is untraceable. You’ll never know where it came from, and I’ll never know how you chose to use it. So, do we have an agreement or not? I heard the sirens from police boats, and I turned away from spencer, just for a second. He was saying something, but then he gasped, and when I turned around… he had — he had the strangest look on his face. He looked surprised, and — and he had fear in his eyes. And then I saw esme with the needle, and then she tried to come for me. And then somehow spencer found enough strength to grab her. And they both went in the water.

alright, let’s do this. What’s the routing numberfor the money transfer? Oh, I don’t do business on personal devices. It’s got to be an encrypted transaction. Okay, fine. Just give me whatever device you want to use, and I’ll make the transfer. I prefer human touch. I’m aware. You can make a transfer directly to my accountant. How quaint. Well, is he outside? On his way here? Afraid not. We’re going to him. You can call me leo. And there’s my mom, arguing with aunt carly. What makes you think they’re arguing? How they’re standing. What they do with their arms. Kind of like a threat display from an animal. Humans are animals. That is very true. What kind of animals are in your book? All kinds. Are there bears in there? Do you like bears? I do. Bears are smart, and they’re strong. I wouldn’t want to meet one in the wild, but I like reading about them. Drew had already gone to prison. Your accounts had already been frozen. Nothing that I knew could have changed any of that. Carly, all I could do was stop the damage that nina had already done from going even further. And the fact that you and ned were also victims of nina’s lies — that just didn’t matter? Of course it mattered. And have you forgotten how furious you were at me for accusing your husband? Because I haven’T. I haven’t forgotten. I think about it every day, carly. Then why?! Why would you shield the woman who was actually responsible? Nina stood back and let ned take the blame. Well, I never in a million years would have predicted that drew would remove you from crimson and replace you with carly. Yeah, he’s not the same person he was before he went to prison. He’S…harder. Putting carly in a position that you have held successfully for years, that just — that adds a lot of uncertainty and risk to crimson, that for no good reason… well, making me suffer is reason enough in drew’s book. Well, he’s making choices that he’s going to regret. That’s for sure. Thank you. You’re welcome. I’m just stating the obvious here. Well, I appreciate that, but I’m also thanking you because, you know, you don’t always agree with my choices, but you understand the reason behind it, and you don’t make me suffer. You don’t punish me for them. Oh, nina, nobody in this room has a monopoly on bad choices, you know. I’m just very grateful for your friendship and your loyalty, and I love you so much. And thank you. I love you, too. And you’re welcome. I shouldn’t be bothering you with this. I mean, you’re worried about trina. Well, I can worry and listen to you at the same time. And you’re still coming down from being shot at and attacked. Well, the first time somebody shoots at you, it does come as a bit of a surprise. But with time and experience, you kind of get used to people trying to kill you. You know, I’m very impressed by your resilience, more than you will ever know. But you must have been afraid in puerto rico. Avery could have lost both of her parents. I can’t always look out for sonny anymore, no matter how much I want to. And, ava, you have to promise me — please, please, promise me that you and sonny will always look out for each other. When we were in greenland and spencer went missing. Everyone lost hope. Not me. I didn’t believe he was gone. And now? I want to believe so badly, joss. But… …something tells me that this time… …this time there won’t be a happy ending. I meant no harm. I-I give you my word. Sonny: We all know what that means. Let me walk out with you. Laura, I’ll call you, okay? You may not believe in my spiritual awakening, laura, but I pray that you believe this. I cared about spencer, as I care about you. Yeah, okay. That’s nice. Let’s go. Come on. I gave you a pass on the assault charges, sonny, but just the one. I’m a believer, not a saint. That makes two of us.

You okay? Well, what are you gonna do? Are you gonna stay here, or are you gonna go back to paris? Maybe I could take some time off. No, I don’t even think I can go back to paris ever again. Look, I don’t want a new roommate. You should come here, and you should live with me again.

[ Sighs ] That is so sweet, joss, but, um, I’m gonna live with my parents for now, and I’m gonna take a semester off. I can’t even think about school. Like, all of this just seems so, like, trivial. Like, what’s even important anymore? I understand. It’s hard to act like there’s a tomorrow when you lose someone you love. Is that what it’s like when you lost oscar? Uh, kind of. Um… but, you know, he was sick, so it was peaceful in the end. It’s different than what you just went through. But, um, the feeling like you can’t breathe and, uh… the way that your heart actually hurts?

[ Voice breaking ] That’s the same. I feel like… …it took so long for me and spencer to finally be together. And then we finally were, and we were in a happy place. And then, like, in a heartbeat, all of that was over. Ned and I looked at the situation, and we made a judgment call. Exposing n ina wasn’t gonnahelp anybody or fix anything, and a huge blow-up would have just made everything so much worse. So, that’s what you and ned decided? Well, he took a little convincing, but, uh… actually, could — could youhold on just one second? The belitung island tarsier has the largest eyes in proportion to its overall body weight of any mammal. Those eyes are huge. Mm-hmm. They use them to look for prey at night. Who’s your friend, leo? This is john. Hmm. Hello, john. Uh, why don’t you go and wash your hands before your waffle gets here? He’s a great kid. Yeah. Is he on the spectrum? He has asd, yeah. So does my son. I’m — I’m sorry for approaching your boy, but I could tell he was getting agitated, watching you and, um, aunt carly. Oh, god. Yeah, I should have realized that he would see us out there and that would have bother him. It’s fine. I think I distracted him. Yeah, it looks like you did. Thank you for that. Um, how old is your son? He’s grown now, living independently. So, he’s doing well? He’s doing great.

[ Cellphone rings ] Would you excuse me a moment? Yeah, of course, of course. What’s the word? Nobody moves until I get there. Everyone and their cat knows you don’t go to a second location.

[ Scoffs ] Suit yourself. Lo ok, there’s got to be a waywe can make this happen right here, right now. You know, it’s unusual for a customer to make this hard a sell. Why does this deal have to happen before I leave this room? I thought I was paying for confidentiality. At the moment, I don’t know what you’re paying me for. Okay, well, that’s too bad. Sorry we couldn’t get this done. Hey. We’re done till you tell me who you really are. Remove your hand, or I will remove it for you. I forgot to ask you — have you talked to, uh, josslyn? Uh, not recently. Alright, you should go to her because she should hear about spencer from you. Go ahead, go ahead. I have a lot of protection. Everything alright? Yeah. It’s fine. I just wasn’t expecting you back so soon, that’s all. You got a problem with me being back? No, just — I’m a little jumpy, right? For obvious reasons. So, when you left earlier in such a hurry, was that about trina and spencer? Turns out spencer’s dead. No.

oh, my god. Sonny, I’m so sorry. Are you okay? No. Trina. Trina’s safe. What happened to spencer? He went over the side of a boat in paris. He and esme. Oh, I know how much you loved your nephew. I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now. I can’t do this right now. This will help you keep up your strength. Thanks.

[ Sighs ] Thought a little edge-cutter was in order. Yeah. I already regret losing my cool with cyrus, but the conversation with sonny was long overdue. Well, don’t beat yourself up over cyrus. What happened was understandable, especially given the loss you’re feeling. But I’m not the only one, am I? Esme was your niece. Kevin, I know you did everything you could do for her. We both did. Yeah. You know, the way she was with ace… I am never going to believe that that was an act. It wasn’T. Esme’s love for ace was genuine. That may be the only pure emotion she ever felt in her life. When nikolas took ace away, she was isolated, afraid… angry. And she chose the worst possible course of action. But I was the one who talked her into turning herself in for breaking into wyndemere. If I hadn’t done that — there is no way you could have predicted that would happen. You didn’t know that esme had regained her memory, and there was no way to know that nikolas would come back and convince spencer to let him run off with ace. There was no way you could know that. I hope you’re hearing me when I say that. I guess if I’m being honest, all I can hear is silence in a house that used to be filled with voices.

[ Sighs ] Yeah. Okay, so, uh, leo’s order is — is next up, and I did tell them extra powdered sugar. [ Laughs ] So… um, for what it’s worth… you’re gonna crush the crimson. I know you are. You’re — you’re wicked smart. Nobody can match your instincts. You make being a leader look easy. That’s why all the employees at the metro court are so loyal to you. And why you are going to make a whole new generation of customers fall in love with bobbie’S. Thank you for saying that. It’s just the truth, which I will never hide from you in the future. My other clients paid for silence, same as you’re supposed to. Yeah, well, we’re not your other clients. Sit. Yeah, you’re not as different as you might tell yourselves. Must be something in the water here. You know what? I’m under no illusion as to who or what I am. Wait a minute — what do you mean, “there must be something in the water here”? I didn’t mean anything. We’re not the only ones in port charles buying from you, are we? I can’t talk about my clients. It’ll end my business. Einstein, your business is over. You’ve been peddling guns stolen from the wsb. So, you have a choice to make. You can either tell us what we want to know, or you wait for the bureau to get here, and they’ll pick you up. And they’re not going to sweep this under the rug. What do you want to know? We need the names of every person who purchased a weapon from that wsb shipment. Freeze! Guns down! Drop your weapons! Put it down! Fbi. Drop your weapons now!

I didn’t want to makeyour night worse by being here. That’s — that’s not what I wanted. I’m sorry, sonny. I know how you feel about nina being here. It doesn’t matter. Nothing really matters. Wow. And spencer… ah, yeah. I’m so sorry. That’s just terrible. Trina must be absolutely gutted. I’m gonna — I’m gonna call her. Thank you. Does cam know? I doubt it. Um, the word hasn’t gotten out yet. We got to tell him. Cam. Hi, uh, it’s me. Um… I’m here with trina. And we have to tell you something. Um… we need you to hear it from us. You come and say goodbye to your aunt carly. She’s got to get to work. Yeah. Are you two done arguing?

[ Scoffs ] Sometimes friends disagree. Yeah. Carly and I haven’t been on the same wavelength for a while, but, uh, maybe, uh, pretty soon we can try and fix that. I think we’ve already started. I could tell. Your body language is better.

[ Chuckles ] You know what? You’re right. [ Laughs ] How’s this for body language? Come here.

[ Laughs ] Aww!

[ Laughter ] Okay, my colleague and I, we’re going to lower our weapons. Do that. Nice and slow. Look, man, I’m just a bystander. Shut up! Okay. So, I take it that you are the agent in charge. Don’t you recognize me, anna? Wait. Jagger?

[ Knock on door ]

[ Sighs ]

[ Gasping ] Hello, mother.

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[ Police radio chatter ]

Hey, laura. Have you spoken to the authorities? Yeah, yeah. The french police, they’re very thorough, being very professional. Just say it. Where is spencer?

[ Sighs ] No, stop! Stop! Get off of me! Get off!

[ Esme screams ] No, spencer! Spencer!

[ Esme screams ]

[ Water splashes ] Honey. Oh, my god. Oh, my god. Josslyn, hi. Um, I heard your friend adam needs a patient advocate.

[ Door opens ] Adam, I’ve got a friend of yours outside. Look, if you’re talking about josslyn, I — I’m talking about this. My guitar.

[ Laughs ] I wasn’t sure what happened to it when I moved to this room. Oh, we were keeping it for you. Thank you. No, thank josslyn. She’s the one who brought your guitar from the park the night you were admitted. She knew you’d want it. Adam. I, uh — I was hoping you’d, uh, outgrown this thing. Well, it’s time we got your priorities straight. Can you imagine anything more beautiful or appropriate than st. Anthony’s in bensonhurst? The entire neighborhood will be there — all the cerullos and the falconeris. And father tom — oh, he does a great service. Oh, we already asked gregory to officiate. Oh, gregory. Not to worry. Father tom is very liberal. I’m sure he would have no problem sharing the pulpit. So, have you thought about the reception? Uh, one idea is a yacht. Hm, hm, hm. Okay, well, that is romantic in theory. It is risky in practice. The night before my second wedding to ned, uh, the one that was actually sanctioned by the church, as opposed to the quickie one when I thought I was marrying eddie maine — ma! Uh, well, we had a yacht cruise, and the ship ran aground and almost sank with the entire wedding party and family and friends on board. So we should be looking at venues on dry land. But some risks are worth taking. Could you imagine a moonlight cruise off coney island, huh? I mean, we could — we could welcome all of the guests on board under the brooklyn bridge. And then we can sail around ellis island and the statue of liberty. And then when everybody’s ready to disembark, we can send them off with popcorn. Doesn’t that sound spectacular? Spectacular. I have to say, we’re, uh… speechless. Wow. Well, I’m not. Hey. Hey. How’s it going? Oh. Ask me in a couple days, because we’re in the middle of putting out the first magazine with my name on it, and my head is spinning, I’m going crazy. I don’t know. With you here and nina gone, crimson has already improved. Oh, gosh. I don’t know about that. I mean, I despise the woman, but she knew a lot more than I do about putting a magazine out. Nina learned on the job. You’re gonna learn on the job, too. You’re a natural leader. You’ve already run a big company, and you’ve got great taste, if I do say so myself. It’s only a matter of time before you surpass her. I love your confidence. Yeah. Six months from now — less, nobody’s even gonna remember that nina ran this place. Nina who? Right. Best business decision I have ever made is making you editor in chief of crimson. Oh! [ Laughs ]

[ Gasps ] Michael, hey. Um… you, uh — you got a minute?

After your mom called, I took a look at adam’s recent psychiatric evaluation, and it turns out it’s up to him if he wants to go home or go back to school or remain here at general hospital for observation. I think adam just wants to live his life and not feel he’s one big disappointment. Can you help him? I’ll do my best. There’s no underestimating the hold a parent has on a child. Tracy, before you insist that the wedding be in this house with a bunch of snooty waiters and unnecessary etiquette, I want you to think about what brook lynn and chase want. So no more petty fighting with lois and olivia about the reception. No more arguing with ned about anything, really. All that matters is that those two beautiful souls belong together, and we all do everything we can to help make that happen. Do we understand each other? We do. Lois: Because this is supposed to be a celebration, and celebrations are supposed to be fun. And yes, I know it’s important to have gorgeous flowers and — and beautiful table settings, but that is not as important as the food and the — and the music and the dancing, especially the dancing. Because what’s really important is for the bride and the groom to enjoy the occasion. And what is more enjoyable than for brook lynn to be married in her neighborhood, surrounded by the people who’ve known her and loved her her entire life? Grandmother, say something. I couldn’t agree more. Police interviewed the captain. They found him locked in a closet, unconscious. So when he came to, he confirmed that spencer chartered the boat to cruise the river to the english channel. When the boat left the pier, they found an american woman on deck. Said she was lost. He didn’t believe her. Uh, said he was going to take her into custody, and she fought back and smacked him in the head with a fire extinguisher. Was he able to I.D. Her? Oh, yeah. He picked out esme’s picture right away. And what about the search for spencer? Look, laura, they have every boat at their disposal in the water, searching, and so far, there is no sign of esme or spencer. Then they can still be alive. Yeah, yeah. I’ll go, uh — I’ll check in again. See if there’s any updates. Okay. Thank you. Yeah. Of course. When did you get here? We just arrived. Ned quartermaine kindly let us borrow the elq jet, and we came as soon as we heard that esme was on her way to paris. Uh, laura and dante are coordinating with the french police, and I promise you, trina, they’re doing all they can to rescue spencer. Dad, he’s alive. I know he is. Okay, so what happened? The police told us that esme tried to — to stab spencer with a needle? She ambushed him from behind. Whatever drug she was using, it was so powerful that spencer could — he couldn’t even stand. And then she tried to come for me. She tried to inject me with the needle. And then spencer grabbed her, and then they both went over the side, and — oh, honey. He saved my life, like he did in greenland. Thank god for that.

[ Sighs ] I thought I lost him then, too. And then he came back to me, so I — I — I know — I just know in my heart that — that he’s alive still. Trust your heart, trina.

Congratulations on the new job. Oh, thank you, thank you. Yeah, metro court’s loss is crimson’s gain. Oh, well, don’t worry, I’m definitely going to get my half of the metro court back one day with my own money. I’m not going to take loans from anyone. So until then, I’m just going to enjoy my time here at crimson. I know you’ll knock it out of the ballpark. Thank you. Thanks for the vote of confidence. Yeah. But that’s not why you’re here, is it? Uh, no, I’m actually just looking for drew. I went to your office, but they said that you were here. Well, uh… let’s relocate. Oh, actually, I — I’m going to go. I’m gonna go to G.H. Because I think josslyn could use some backup. So, um… okay. Hey, take it easy on him, please. Look, michael, it’s, uh… it’s late. Anything you can say to me, you can say to me tomorrow morning. I’m, uh — I’m afraid not. I’m resigning. This has got to go. No, dad. It doesn’T. You’re upsetting the patient. Please wait outside. Adam, we have far more important things to discuss than your musical hobby — like the reason you’re here in this hospital, then moving on to the many lies you’ve told. You owe me that. Adam doesn’t owe you anything. Nurse, I thought I made it very clear that this young woman was not to be allowed near my son. Mr. Wright, please do as nurse corinthos says and wait outside. And who are you? I’m felicia scorpio. I’m on staff here as a patient advocate, and I need to talk to adam, just the two of us. Lois: I am so sorry. I [Chuckles] Don’t think I heard you correctly. Did — did you just agree with me? Well, as mother of the bride, you are traditionally the hostess of the wedding and the reception, and I know that our tastes differ and quartermaine traditions are not necessarily right for everyone. Wow. I always thought you were too snooty to see past your own stuck-up nose. But, hey, clearly, I was wrong.

[ Chuckles ] Live and learn. Ma? Gregory? Can chase and I have a word with my grandmother, privately? Of course. Shall we? Delighted.

[ Door closes ] So, now that we’re all on the same page, the wedding can proceed. The ceremony will be at st. Anthony’s in bensonhurst, the festival hall of your choosing for the reception, and the streamers and balloons and bunting in whatever color palette your mother desires. Feel free to thank me. Thank you? Grandmother, we were counting on you to say no. Have you gotten any news? Dante is with the police now, but no word yet, no. They’ll find him. I-I know they will. Can you just tell me what happened? What is it that esme thought she was going to accomplish? Esme wanted to take spencer hostage to force nikolas out of hiding to trade him for ace. Oh, my god. But esme is a tiny little girl. How could she possibly overpower spencer? Did she have a gun? This is where she planned to drug him. Esme said that the drug would make spencer docile, but it didn’t work. He found a way to fight it. And then she came for me with the needle. And then he grabbed her. Okay. That’s why I know he loves me. And I just know, I-I know that he’s alive. Oh, sweetheart. Sweetheart. Do we have an update? I-I’m sorry. I-I don’t have good news.

I don’t understand. I thought you were on board with your mother’s vision. Do you know how many weddings i have been to at st. Anthony’s? Don’t misunderstand. They’ve all been beautiful and a lot of fun. And as much as I love the old neighborhood, I don’t want to be married there. Brook lynn and I met in port charles. We fell in love here. The people were closest to are here. We want a port charles wedding. Now, whether we have the reception here at the house or — or at the savoy or at the metro court ballroom, we just want it to be at a place that has meaning for us as a couple. It’s not that I don’t want to get to know brook lynn’s family in bensonhurst. I-I do. But just not on our wedding day, okay? We want that to be a day to celebrate our love, not a meet and greet with the falconeri and cerullo clans. So if that’s the way you feel, why don’t you tell your mother? Because I’m my ma’s only child and I’m a daughter, and a big neighborhood wedding, it’s like a rite of passage. Look, my ma has always been rebellious, but when it came to marrying my dad and having a ceremony, they did it in bensonhurst. Oh, yes. I remember the stories of running around brooklyn in their wedding attire, hoping to get to the church on time. And now it’s her turn to be mother of the bride, you know, to have all the uncles and cousins and nonnas congratulate her. And since she divorced my dad and raised me as a single mom, it’s an even bigger deal for her. So maybe you should defer to her wishes? She’s got a point. I don’t want to hurt my mom’s feelings, but I just want our wedding to be our wedding. It will be. I promise. Look, I’m happy for my mom. I-I know she’ll make crimson even better, but look, drew, you fired nina and you hired my mom without even asking me. I know it’s your call, but look, as someone who’s been handling the day-to-day for years, I should have at least been consulted. Like you shared the inside information about nina with me? Drew, I [Sighs] Look, I-I-I found out that nina tipped off the sec at their wedding reception. I was on the phone call with my source when I looked over and I saw nina dancing with willow and my son. I understand that it’s complicated. Yeah, that’s why I needed proof. That’s why I —

[ Sighs ] I recorded martin gray admitting to everything, and I went to my father, and I was going to play him the recording and expose nina, get her out of his life, willow’s life, and my kids’ lives once and for all. You’ve explained this to me. You exp– you couldn’t bring yourself to break sonny’s heart. I know. My father and i have been estranged ever since he chose nina over my mom and his family. We just reconciled. So if I were to go over to him a-a-and basically say, “see? I was right. Nina is a liar, and you were a fool to choose her over us,” I — I felt like it would — it would — it would break our relationship for good. Yeah. You could have found a gentler way to bring it to him. No matter how I would have said it, that’s what — that’s what he would have heard. That’s what he heard when I did tell him the truth finally. Sonny blames you as much as he blames nina. I mean, if not more. But look, t-that’s for me andmy father to work out. Or not. The point is, I owed it to you to tell you everything, and I didn’T. So, look, I-I’ll stick around and help with the transition as long as you need me, until you find someone you can trust to replace me. Michael, wait. The truth is, my anger was misdirected towards you. Nina was the one that caused all the harm. Now that carly is here in her place, the books are balanced. W-what are you saying? I’m saying I want you here. But with new ground rules in place. My son doesn’t need an advocate. He has his father. And how has that worked out? If you don’t leave now, I’ll call security. No, you won’T.

[ Scoffs ] And who are you? I’m josslyn’s mother. And instead of insulting my daughter, why don’t you thank her for saving your son’s life? If you all would just step outside and give me a moment alone with adam. I’m staying. Adam? I would like to talk to the advocate. You heard your son. You need to leave. Or should I call security? Adam, I’ll be right outside. I’ll be outside, too, in case you need anything. What happens now? It’s your life, adam. You’ve been given a second chance to live it. How you do so is up to you. Authorities are dragging the river. They got divers out there, helicopter along the shoreline. But, uh, you know, the currents are stronger the closer the river gets to the channel. There must be something more that they can do to rescue spencer. The problem is, is — is they’ve been in the water for over 24 hours now. And given the temperature and whatever esme gave to spencer, they’re no longer calling this a rescue mission. They’re calling it a recovery. Well, who cares what they call it? Recovery or rescue, what matters most is that they get spencer back. Trina… laura, I’m so sorry. Spencer is now presumed dead. No. No. They’re wrong! He’s alive! I know he is!

Trina shouldn’t be alone right now. Of course. Honey, go after our daughter. Okay. He was your grandson. Laura, I’m very sorry. Thank you. Dante, who is your, uh — who’s your contact at the local police? Uh, captain aubert. She’s got a command station set up on the bridge. She can give you all the details. Okay, I’m gonna need to hear that so I can relay it to trina when she’s ready.

[ Sighs ] Laura, is there anything I can do? Find my grandson. I wish I could. I know. I know you’d bring him back if you could. We all would. But nothing can be done.

[ Sobbing ] You tried to end your life. Your medical team and I want to make sure that you know that we can continue to support you even after you walk out the door. You’re not alone. You have help. All you have to do is ask for it. There’s something you need to know. When I found adam in the park, he was clutching the thing that he loves most — that guitar. You know what I’d like to think? That even when he was out of it and about to drift off forever, he heard music, and it gave him a reason to live. You believe you’ re doingwhat’s best for your son. But what’s best for adam is for you to see him and accept him for who he is. Lois, gregory, will you join us? Oh. Are you okay? No thanks to you. Agreeing with lois took years off my life. And I do not want you to worry about a thing. The cost of the boat and the food — I’m gonna foot the bill. I’m footing the bill. And on further review, I have decided that the wedding is going to take place here in port charles. Formal attire, flowers by genevieve, string quartet, and french champagne. Is that really what you want? As much as I want to meet your extended family, brook lynn and i are based here, and this is where we would like to have the wedding. Formal reception with flowers and champagne and a string quartet sounds beautiful. Beautiful, yeah, but…where’s the fun? Tracy: I am so glad you brought that up, because it’s the night before the wedding where the fun really happens. How am I supposed to walk away from him, mom? How do I let him go? Oh, honey.

I’ll be honest. Byconey island?Coney island? Well, it may not be the appropriate venue for the wedding, but it’s perfect for the rehearsal dinner. Of course. Why didn’t I think of that? Well, nail polish remover — silent killer. We can re-create all the outer borough charm right on the wharf. We can hire a carnival and rockers, whatever. Oh, that’s true, but you know what? You could do even better than that, right? Because why re-create coney island when we could have the real thing? Uh, the rehearsal dinner is the night before the ceremony. We can’t get everybody down there and back up to port charles. Yeah. Are you sure? Huh? What do you think, tracy? Huh? We can charter busses. Busses? Come on. What about jets? You’re a fancy-schmancy cosmetic ceo lady. You could fly everybody down there and back same night. You can rent out the whole park. Oh! Oh, I could just see it now. Right? Y-y-you got waiters on roller skates handing out pigs in blankets. The salt & sizzle, the sideshow.

[ Gasps ] The cyclone! I would pay money to see you on the slingshot, tracy. And maybe we could get the groom to serenade the bride on the beach.

[ Sighs ] Oh. What? No. You’re gonna tell me this, right? You hate it? Couldn’t be more wrong. We love it. You do? Oh! Yeah. Oh! Josslyn, adam would like to see you now. Mr. Wright: Uh…

[ Door opens ] Looking for me? The nurse told me it was you who brought my guitar from the park when I was admitted to the hospital. I knew you’d want it. But you didn’t know if I’d be around to use it. No. But I hoped. Thank you. It wasn’t a big deal. No, no, no. Not just about the guitar. For me. I tried to kill myself, josslyn. If it hadn’t been for you, I — I would have. It’s just doing what a friend does. Even after everything? The way I treated you? You could still say that? I just did. And I promise to keep on saying it if you promise to hear it. I intend to see my son. Oh, good. You’re dressed. Enough talk. We’re going home. No, dad. I’m not. Look. I need to know that I can trust you. And obviously, that was never an issue before. You always had my back. I always had your back, and I’m not — I’m not blaming you for making the choice to protect your family. I’m just saying to you, you gotta remember, I’m family, too. Okay? How — how can I rebuild that trust? I mean, where do I — where do I start? Well, me firing nina, me putting carly in her place, that’s just the beginning. Are you planning for more changes at aurora? I’m planning more changes for nina. I’m gonna make her pay for every single day that she kept me from my daughter — for every scar that I carried with me when I walked out of pentonville. I mean, that woman thinks she’s lost everything? She has no idea. She’s gonna keep losing until she’s as alone, as broke, and as empty as she deserves to be. So are you with me? I know better than to play what-ifs. I know it’s not going to change anything. It’s just I can’t stop myself. I mean, what if — what if spencer had just refused to give ace to his father? Or what if, when esme finished in court that day, she just picked up her son and she went back home, you know? Then we would all just be in port charles tonight, wouldn’t we? And spencer and trina… would be together. They’d be young and in love in paris. And instead, we have this. I can’t imagine a world without spencer. I just can’T. Sweetheart, take my jacket. No. I don’t want you to get a cold. No. It’s okay, I don’t — I don’t care. Think about how cold the water is. Spencer loved to swim, but he hated the cold. I remember when we were at the cabin, and he couldn’t wait to make a fire and, um… the cabin. That’s when esme showed her true colors. Why didn’t we pay attention? Why didn’t we get away from her then? Even spencer, especially spencer. Esme can’t hurt anyone anymore. Spencer saw to that. Honey, he really was a hero. Let me get you home, please. There’s really nothing that we can do here now. I’ll meet you at the stateroom.

[ Sighs ] How do I do it, spencer? How do I say goodbye?

I may have gotten a little carried away and inadvertently suggested a wedding and reception that was very similar to — okay, almost identical to my wedding to your father, and your cousin theresa’s, and your cousin angela’s, and — all right, and luciana falconeri’s, which all happened this past year. And they were all beautiful. Yes. And your wedding will be beautiful, too, as long as it’s the wedding of your dreams, not mine. I love you, ma. I love you too, baby. As long as we have our families wishing us well… then our wedding will be perfect. Yeah. You never cease to amaze me. You have all sorts of hidden talents when you let yourself show them. Sometimes, all I need is just a little encouragement. However… there is no amount of encouragement that will ever get me on anything called “the slingshot.” I beg to differ. If I can get alexis into a parachute, I can get you onto the slingshot. Don’t be foolish. You’ve proven you can’t be trusted on your own. After some time at home, with family, you can enroll in another college, get a fresh start. Dad. I’m going back to pcu. I’ve got unfinished business there. Besides, there’s a really great music department there. And who will pay the tuition? With his musical talent, perhaps pcu will want to recruit adam. Or I’ll get a job, put myself through school. This is a mistake. It’s mine to make. I have your phone number, dad. You have mine. Whenever you feel like talking… adam. …We’ll talk. I’m not complaining, but… what was that for? For being you. Drew, if, um, regaining your trust means pursuing a vendetta against nina, I’m sorry, but the answer’s no. You think I’m being too hard on her? It’s just not — it’s not worth what I stand to lose. I-I already went behind willow’s back in the name of protecting her from her mother, and it nearly cost me my family. I can’t do that again. I mean, yeah, I want nina to lose everything, but I can’t be involved in — in making that happen, so… yeah. So you better start your search for your new ceo. I already have my ceo. You just proved it right now. So, what, this was, what, a test? I mean, I told you what I was planning. You declined to be involved. I respect your reasons. I respect your honesty. That’s what we need. We need transparency. Collaboration can’t happen without it. I expect to see you at your desk first thing tomorrow morning. What did the police have to say? Well, they’re going to extend the search for another 48 hours. If they don’t find anything, they’re going to assume that spencer and esme’s bodies were swept out into the english channel and lost. Any idea on the odds of recovering their bodies? Less than 50%. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. On the one hand, if they don’t find the body, then trina will never accept that spencer’s gone. If they do find the body, she’s going to insist on viewing it. I just don’t want her to see him that way. I want to spare her that. Yeah, I-I wanted… I wanted spencer out of trina’s life. He brought trouble. And I wanted to, you know, just protect her from all of that. But the thought of that young man losing his life saving hers and how trina is feeling tonight, I didn’t want it to happen like this. You know, not this way. Is kevin okay? He still has the headache, but other than that, he’s fine. I know you want to get home to him, so I… I promise I won’t be long. You take as much time as you need. Spencer: When the woman you love invites you to go to paris, you say yes.

Merci, monsieur. Where are we off to? The rest of our lives. I can’t believe that this is really happening.

When I first saw you that november trina: Since being with you, I’ve gotten to experience the most amazing things, and not just this trip. I mean, all the amazing things we’ve done in paris. Are you ready for the best weekend of your life? So ready.

[ Cork pops ] But the entire feeling of being with you, of loving you and being loved by you returned.

Une bise.

Une bise. I like that one. I’m supposed to be studying art history while I’m here, but I guess I can see the appeal for french lessons, too.

Still and you opened my eyes to a whole new world, and you taught me that I’m a person that’s worthy of love. I want you today, tomorrow, and forever.

I was destined for falling in love trina: To us. Spencer: I love us. Me, too. You’re everything that I always wanted and never believed that I could have.

Things you’ll never know and I’m gonna love you for the rest of my life. This isn’t goodbye, spencer. Somehow, some way.

But the boats pass by the things you’ll never know time goes by, but the boats pass by the things you’ll never know

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Guys!Come o hi! Guys! Come on in. Thank you. Thank you so much for agreeing to meet with me, especially on such short — hm. Well, no notice.

[ Chuckles ] Look, um, I know that some of you are close with nina, so I just wanted to reach out first. I get it. I know everyone is a little blindsided by my presence here, and I understand — I mean, if someone would have told me even 24 hours ago that I would be in this position, I would have said they were crazy. But here I am. And here you all are. So…why don’t we just focus on the business at hand, right? I wanted to do this in person, you know, leave the lawyers out of it — at least for now. Alright, well, deception’s advertising contract with crimson is up for renewal, and I am eager to maintain this relationship… and hopefully see how it can evolve. Ms. Reeves. Your assistant said I could find you here. May I help you? Actually, I’d like to help you. I’m gemma compton. I write the — “to the nines” column in the city gazette. Yes! I never miss it. I’m very flattered. Oh, not at all. You know, I love your takes on fashion. Even when I disagree with you? Especially when you disagree with me. So, you said that you want to help me? How? I thought you might like to set the record straight. Why was the woman who saved crimson from financial ruin just shown the door? Hello, olivia. Lois. Got a few? Uh, actually, no. I’m very busy right now. It’s gonna have to wait. Oh! Well, can it? Because I get the feeling, if I leave it up to you, we may never speak again. Is that what you want?

[ Waves lapping ] Captain!

[ Door closes ] Esme, what are you doing here? Well, with ace gone, I’ve been all by myself. I’ve missed you and spencer so much. So where else would I be? Dex: Man down. Someone get eyes

on sonny and his family, now!

[ Gunfire ]

[ Shrieks ]

It was my decision to leave crimson. Is that right? And did you have any input on the hiring of your successor, carly spencer? I hate to disappoint you, ms. Compton. Gemma. Gemma. I really do. But I promise you, there is no story here. And if anyone would know, it’s nina reeves, the woman who revolutionized fashion journalism. That’s very flattering — strategically so. It’s still true. Under your guiding hand, crimson was a setter of trends. You also did in-depth exposĂ©s on botched plastic surgery, how fashion in media affects body image in women and men. And now the magazine you brought back from bankruptcy has been given to your husband’s ex-wife. I’m sorry I’m barreling on. This must be difficult for you. You’re not telling me anything that I don’t already know, gemma. And I’m still not going to throw carly under the bus. Ohh. So…there is a bus. Alright. You want a statement? I will give you a statement. I am certain that carly spencer will provide a fresh, new take on fashion and take the magazine in bold, new directions. There. That’s it. About a year ago, you — crimson, that is — celebrated working women, how to be fashionable and stylish at any income on a busy schedule and why every woman, every person should do that for themselves. I adored that piece. Yes, I remember that. So I must confess — I’m a little outraged by your…departure. Which is why I’m stumped. Even if it was your decision to leave, how could drew cain ever even consider letting you go? I’m very proud of my tenure at crimson, and I will always remember it fondly. That’s all I have to say. On the record. Off the record… and in my own personal opinion… …drew cain is no businessman. When it comes to running aurora or crimson, he is listening more to his…heart than he is his head. Carly: Does anyone have any questions? So, so many. I don’t even know where to start. Okay. Look, guys, I — I acknowledge that nina played a crucial part in forming the partnership between deception and crimson, one that has been profitable for both parties. So if you think that I’m going to come in here and change everything solely to do things different than nina, that is not gonna happen. In fact, the only changes I want to make are the ones that maximize both our successes. Carly, I am so sorry. I’ve been trying to think of a way to ask this that doesn’t sound… snarky? Who are you in the room with? Sasha, you can say anything you want to me. Okay. It’s just that running the metro court and the diner require a very different skill set than running a magazine. Brook lynn: We want to know why we can trust you to represent deception in this very new, untested, very sudden version of crimson. That’s fair. Maxie, you might know this, but I doubt that brook lynn and sasha do. Back in the ’90s, I was an original part-owner of the deception fragrance company. Really?! Yeah. That’s right. Yeah. I have a history with deception and an affection for it. That’s why I want to do right by it — and you. We’re listening. Okay, well, we are in the process of closing out our april issue. And as you know, it’s one of the biggest issues of the year. Second only to september. That’s right. How about I increase deception’s page count at a favorable rate? How favorable are we talking?

[ Door opens ] Tracy: Don’t sign anything! Oh, wait. I’m the only one that can do that. Thank god. So, what did I miss? Anything good? Like the part where carly explains how a rank amateur can avoid running crimson right into the ground? This is highly inappropriate, you coming here like this. Uh, it’s a public place. This is a restaurant. It is my place of business. It is very important to me that I keep my personal life and my professional life very separate. What personal life are you talking about? Lately, you’ve been spending all of your time in this place, which begs the question, are you avoiding me? I’m not avoiding you. And I am happy to prove it by talking to you — at home. Oh, yeah. See, I don’t believe you. Because on the off chance that you and i even bump into each other at the q’s, you duck out. And then when I chase after you, you disappear. Like, what? Are there secret passages or something that I’m not aware of? If you haven’t noticed, I’m a mother. I am a working mother of a young child who happens to have special needs. Yeah, I know, olivia. You’re a wonderful mother to leo. It doesn’t change the fact that you’re avoiding me. And since this is the only place I’m able to get a face-to-face with you, here I am! Fine! Uh — make it quick. Make what quick? Your apology.

[ Sighs ] Trina! Trina, the captain’s been attacked! Somebody’s on the boat with us! Hello, spence. Unh! Where is she?!

[ Gunfire ]

[ Ava shrieks ] Sonny!

[ Gunshot ] The gunfire is concentrated on the terrace side of the hotel. We think it’s a single shooter. We’re closing on his location. Can you and ava make it inside? Now! Go! Sonny: Go! Don’t snap my neck, spence. That could be bad for your little girl. I radioed for help when I found the captain. They’ll be here any second. Oh, we’re headed for the english channel, and I’ve already smashed the satellite tracking system. We’ll be long gone before the police arrive. I’m not going anywhere with you! I will kill you first! Go ahead. Then you’ll never find trina in time, and you’ll have killed us both.

How does it feel, spence — not knowing where trina is, not knowing if she’s safe? Every second of separation, it’S…agony, isn’t it? Well, your little pangs do not compare to the torture that you and your father have put me through. You took away my child. Ace is a part of me. And now he’s gone. So go ahead. Squeeze the life out of me.

[ Gasps ] Kill me and trina both. Do it! Do it! No, I’m not — I’m not gonna kill you. I’m not gonna kill you. Because I want you to live a very, very long life, living with the pain that you just described to me, because you are never, ever going to see your son again, esme. I am ace’s mother. You pretended to love him, and you gave him away. And I will do anything to get my son back! And I will do anything to stop you. Oh, really? So you’d let trina die? Because that is exactly what’s gonna happen if you don’t do as I say. Now give me your hands. I will kill trina, spence. You know I will. Now turn around and give me your hands.

[ Zip tie clicking ] I, for one, am dying to know how an innkeeper is qualified to run a fashion magazine and how to explain fashion to you. I guess I’ll look it up online. As I was explaining to your partners… junior partners. I have run several businesses, tracy, learning from the ground up, and nothing is gonna change with crimson except the name on the masthead. So we’re swapping out the current mrs. Corinthos for the previous gun moll, which just doesn’t sound like progress to me. Come on, grandmother. At least hear what she has to say. Carly is offering deception substantial concessions. Sasha: Exactly at a time we could use them. We’re pushing a new fragrance, and we’re launching our men’s line with cody as our spokesmodel. So all of you are perfectly content to risk deception’s brand on a dilettante?

[Laughing] Oh, my god. Nina was a baby-stealing lunatic when she took over the magazine, and it was only given to her so she could run it into the ground. Wow. I really want to object with that characterization, but that’s exactly what happened. And look at it now. Julian took a gamble on nina, and it paid off — not in the way he wanted it to. Drew is taking a much smaller gamble on me, and I’m just asking you to do the same. A small gamble. I think it’s an opportunity that you can’t afford to miss. Okay. I was out of line throwing what happened between sonny and dante in your face. You mean when sonny shot dante, they didn’t know that they were father and son because I kept quiet about it? Olivia. Yeah? I am sorry, okay? It was a lousy thing to say. My mouth ran away with me, and I wish I could take that back. But I’m not gonna apologize for telling sonny that ned wasn’t the one who was responsible for turning carly and drew in to the sec, because that — that was the right thing to do. According to you. Lois cerullo, the world expert on who gets to know what! Oh, come on! How was I supposed to look sonny in the face and not tell him?! Because I begged you not to! Because what I told you, I told you in confidence, and you broke that confidence in, like, two seconds. A lifetime full of trust, you threw away. What I wanted, what mattered to me, it didn’t mean a damn thing. You just ran right off and you blabbed! What was I supposed to do?! Not that! And that’s exactly my point. Wha– okay. Listen. After everything — everything that we have been through in our lives, don’t we owe it to each other to work out our differences? To be honest with you, I’m not really sure that we can at this point. What?! Because this goes a lot deeper than just you betraying my trust. Oh, come on. Olivia, that is — that is extreme, don’t you think? You say that this relationship means something to you? Yes, of course! It means everything to me! Okay. I used to believe that. What are we supposed to mean to each other when your relationship with sonny trumps ours every single time?!

[ Gunfire in distance ] You okay? I need to check on avery. She’s with the bodyguard. She’s in the room, safe. Sonny, I need to check on avery.

[ Gunfire in distance ] This is a live feed, right? Ah. You see? She’s with the nanny. The bodyguard’s with her right there. Okay? I need to see her for myself. Alright. Once we get the all-clear, you can go. You understand? Uh-huh. We’re all clear. Eladio’s coordinating a search of the grounds. Eladio. Who is that? Is that — that’s the head of security or…? Ms. Jerome, your hand. Ava, were you hit?

to put deception’s money on you until you have something to show for your tenure. I say we wait a few months — a few months?! Crimson is closing their april issue now. What if things work out just fine? We’ll have missed out on april ad space in crimson. Yeah, and september is a long way away. By then, our competition will have overtaken us in ads and sales. We need this opportunity. And it’s not gonna come around again. Okay. “Okay.” What exactly do you mean by “okay”? I mean, okay! We’ll take you up on your offer. Oh, you will not regret this decision. But no contract. And there she is. We’re not doing anything without a contract. No contract. Not until we see real data about your circulation numbers. I need to know if crimson under carly works. What have you got planned for september? Sept– today is the first day at this job for me. September is four issues away. I don’t think that would bother the good people at vogue or elle. Are you trying to tank this? That’s okay, brook lynn. I know that tracy is the decision-maker. Currently. Alright. I’ll give you april, as discussed, build an “out” into the contract. And in three months, if I haven’t hit the agreed-upon circulation numbers, you can walk. Well, that seems totally fair. Three-month out. 8% off ad rate. Thank you. Lock down the perimeter. Get men to the docks and the airstrip. No one leaves the island. You understand me? So do we have the all-clear or not? Sonny, I really need to see our daughter. Come on. I want you to take her. Do not leave her side.

[ Door closes ] The residence is secured. Someone took a shot at me and my child in my building. You and eladio… find the shooter and bring him to me.

[ Grunts ] Thanks for your cooperation, spence. Now here’s what’s gonna happen. Is this the part where the villain tells me her evil plan? How am I the villain here? My son was taken from me. Literally by an evil billionaire and his lapdog son. I have crossed an ocean in pursuit of justice. Nothing matters to me but ace, and until I have ace safe in my arms, I want everyone who took him to suffer. Now you sit tight while I get our dinghy. Where are you taking me? Oh, someplace your grandmother won’t find us. Tell me where trina is right now. Trina happens to be vital to my so-called “evil plan.” I’ve left instructions for her to call laura once she’s free. And that’ll take a minute. And by then, we will be long gone. And she will tell laura to produce ace at a time and place of my choosing. M-my grandmother does not know where ace is! Esme! Laura is a resourceful woman. I’m sure she’ll get word to nikolas somehow. Anyway, she’ll be plenty motivated, because the only way you survive is if I get ace. My father’s not gonna give ace up. I’m sure your father would prefer two living sons, even if you’re the one he’s stuck with.

[ Chuckles ] No, esme. You don’t get it! I made my father promise that he’s not gonna put ace in any danger. And he knows that I would risk my own life to save my brother! Wow. You are so noble. Quick question — are you willing to sacrifice trina? Because that is exactly what’s gonna happen if you don’t do your part. Even if my father gives up ace, which he won’t — but even if he does, how do you think that this goes down, esme? What? You go riding off into the sunset with ace? You live happily ever? After assault and kidnapping? Your best bet is to give up now! I will not give up on my son! Okay. Okay. Just know that I’m gonna fight you every step of the way. Well, that’ll be difficult in your condition. I’ve gotten my hands on — let’s just call it some “special medicine.” Just the right amount, and you’ll be completely obedient. A little too much, it’ll render you a drooling imbecile. More than that, and you’ll just stop breathing. You know, esme, the more you talk, the more I’m starting to think that I was probably right to give ace to my father. You know, I am tired of listening to you. So why don’t we give that medicine a little try?

[ Door opens ] Stay away from him!

You came to save your boyfriend? Think fast. Trina!

[ Trina screaming ] Spencer: Trina!

[ Screaming ] Thank you for your time — and for your insight into the upheaval at crimson. Yes. And let me reconfirm. This is all background, correct? “Sources say.” I look forward to reading your column. I look forward to writing it. 8 percent? Is that a joke? I never joke about money. I can vouch for that. As the majority stakeholder in deception, I think it’s time we cut ties with crimson and align ourselves with a much more reputable fashion magazine. Really? You think another magazine is gonna make room in their april issue for deception? You think they’re gonna alienate fusion or enchantment by offering deception as low an ad rate as I’m offering? You haven’t mentioned a rate yet. 3 percent off. How can you even say that?! You and me, we’ve been true blue since birth! What are you doing in my office? You said I could use it while mine is being repainted. You’re redecorating again? I’m sure I mentioned it. I’m sure that you did not! And you… my “true blue” friend. Why is it that every time sonny and I don’t see eye-to-eye on something, you cannot wait to fall in line behind him, every single time?! Not every time! Every single time. Name one time you didn’T. I — yeah, exactly. I told you that all I wanted to do was keep the peace, that it would spare so many people so much heartache, sonny included, if ned could just take the fall. But no, no, no. What I wanted took the way, way back seat to you needing to score points with sonny. I do not need to score points with sonny! Oh, no? Then how come you went to him waving your arms? “Oh, sonny! Sonny! Look at me! No one’s got your back like I do, sonny!” And now, because of you, the man’s life is a dumpster fire! Wait! Can we just go back a little bit? Did something happen with sonny? Okay. You stay out of this. He is my husband! If you have information about him or my marriage, I want to know about it. Marriage? What marriage? And, uh, where’s your husband, huh? Oh, where is he? Nowhere near you, that’s for sure. Well, thanks to you. What right did you have to interfere in my life and my marriage? I do not let people lie to my friends, especially upper east side princesses. Oh, that’s classy. I guess I’m supposed to respond with a crack against brook lynn. Yeah? You know, any decent person would’ve come to me first! Who are you to talk to anybody about decency?! I was — I was gonna go to sonny myself! Oh, yes, of course you were! Because that’s what liars say when they get caught! You barged in to a situation that had nothing to do with you! You blew up my life, you blew up his life, and you blew up our marriage! Your life deserved to be blown up, you lying, dime-dropping, family-wrecking snob! I’ll — okay, okay, okay! That’s enough! Thank you, olivia. Uh, if you are trying to blame lois for the sorry state of your marriage, you are further gone than I thought, lady.

[ Chuckles ]

[ Both grunting ] Esme! Get off me! I’ll kill you!

[ Both grunting ]

[ Trina screams ] Trina!

[ Groans ]

[ Both grunting ]

[ Screams ]

[ Breathing heavily ] Hi. [ Chuckles ] My hero. Um, okay. I-I’ll be right back. Okay. Okay. Is it safe? Shooter’s gone. We’re gonna find him. How’s avery? She’s fine. She asked what all the noise was. I told her it was fireworks. So she’s, um — she’s happy. She’s watching “frozen” — again. Good. Good. How’s your hand? It’s fine. I’ll survive. You always do. I really don’t want to talk about scrapes and bruises here, sonny. Who did this? Do you have anybody in mind? How about the same person w-who killed austin? It’s too soon to speculate. Well, when would be a good time, then? Because I just had bullets whizzing past my head. And our daughter was just out here, showing us seashells. Nothing is gonna happen to avery. Nothing’s gonna happen to my family. Okay.

[ Scissors snip ] Okay.

[ Scissors snip ] Okay. We gotta get out of here. Yeah. What about her? Let her bleed.

[ Door closes ]

you went to the sec because you wanted carly to go to prison. You wanted her away from willow and wiley and amelia. And, oh, yeah, you wanted her away from sonny. You didn’t give a damn about carly or her kids, even little donna, who you claim to love so much. Let me remind you that insider trading is illegal. Carly was guilty. Ho! Oh! Illegal? Illegal? You want to know who else does illegal things? Oh, let me see. Let me see. Who could it be? Your husband, nina! Which you knew when you married him! So please spare us all your newfound position as the queen of law and order. Huh. And now you want to blame lois for squealing on you to sonny, instead of blaming yourself for lying to sonny in the first place. Wow. I really thought that you were one of the few people in this town who didn’t actually hate me. I don’t hate you, nina! But I gotta say — you make it very difficult to like someone who goes around blaming everyone else for your own mistakes! There’s a little something called humility, and you might want to try it sometime. There, now. Was that so difficult? You’re talking my language. Then you accept?

[ Chuckles ] Absolutely not. Three percent is paltry. Seven. Four. Six. Five. But crimson gets an exclusive for deception’s launch of the new contour palette. How did she know about that? Final offer. Do we have a deal? Are the terms we just discussed already in this contract? Down to the decimal. Wow. Well played. Give me a pen. We have a deal. For now.

[ Door closes ] How often does nina use your office? Well, you heard her. She’s redecorating. Which she seems to do an awful lot. As if she thinks a, uh — a fresh coat of paint can give her a miraculous redo on her horrifying relationships. Ugh. Thank you… for what you said. Eh. Long overdue to tell nina off. You know, I’ve been gone from port charles for — for a really long time. And, uh, since I’ve been back with you and with everyone, I… I got to see what I’ve been missing, you know? I got to see — I got to see all the family stuff, all the — all the memories you guys share and the thanksgiving pizzas.

[ Chuckles ] And the singing, the eating. Yeah. Everything. All that stuff. Yeah, yeah, yeah. And, you know, the relationship you have with sonny, you know, it’s not just a connection… you got dante, and you guys got a history that goes way back. And listen. Everyone in port charles has been really welcoming to me, right? Except tracy. Yeah — everybody except tracy. Yeah. But, um… I’m the one who left a long time ago. And even though, you know, I was part of your and sonny’s lives back in the day, you know, you guys have — you guys have gone on without me.

[ Chuckles ] I guess what I’m trying to say is, um… I see your point about — about me going overboard trying to get sonny’s approval. I’m really sorry that I let that come between us. Hey. I’m really sorry that I betrayed your confidence. I really wish I could take that back. Okay. I’m gonna let you get back to work. Wait! What’d you find? Found the shooter’s setup. Shell casings. Camouflage. And the shooter? Gone. No trace, no trail. Nothing. How did they get past security? Eladio is working on that now. No. I want to know what you think. Found a guard unconscious by the gate. They usually work in pairs, right? Always. His partner got called to a disturbance near the east wing. The shooter must have set that up. I mean, this guy planted himself in the exact place to get the clearest shot at the terrace. He knew the right elevation for the rifle. He had the sun at his back, was patient for low wind, and was positioned perfectly for a quick escape. They knew exactly what they were doing. They knew more than that.

[ Ship horn blares ]What’s that? That’s probably the gendarmerie. Hey! Hey! We’re over here! Trina: Please! Spencer! Spencer, spencer. Please, no. Please. Spencer!

You’re right. I should have told sonny everything. Thank you for saying that. The reason that I couldn’t bring myself to tell sonny was, honestly, I just couldn’t imagine how. You know, he was so happy. I mean, they were newlyweds, for god’s sakes.

[ Exhales sharply ] All I ever want is for the people that I love to be happy. That’s all I want, too. And I never should have said anything about dante to you. No, you should not have. No. But, olivia… you’re a wonderful mother. Eh. Water under the verrazzano. Yeah. Come here, you.

[ Both chuckle ] Ahh. Well, now that all the cats are out of the bag, you know, maybe, uh — maybe everybody’s just gonna be better off. I don’t know. I think the jury’s gonna be out on that for a while. A lot of hearts got very broken here. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, but sonny’s gonna put his back together. He always does. What matters most is — is you and me, you know? Because, vivi, you — you’re one of my best friends in this whole entire world. And you always will be. Yeah? Come —

[ Chuckles ]

[ Chuckles ] I know that this change puts you in the middle, so please let me know if there’s anything I can do to make this easier for you. As long as you and nina don’t make me pick a side. I’d never do that, no matter how much I want to. And, maxie, I know that nina is james’ aunt. Maxie: She is. Yeah, and I love her. But that doesn’t mean I’m okay with… what she did to you and drew. Fortunately, in this office, it is all business. Besides, I like how you handled tracy. I think even granny had to respect the way you played that negotiation. I mean, she didn’t like it, but she respected it. We look forward to further developing our partnership — once tracy settles down.

[ Laughs ] I’ll have the lawyer send over the contracts this afternoon. Sounds good. Let’s go, ladies! Ahh! Ms. Spencer? Uh, yes? Yes? Gemma compton from

the city gazette. I write the “to the nines” column. Oh, please. Please, uh, come in. Um, what can I do for you? I’m hoping you provide comment on the story I’m writing. Oh, sure. Of course. But I think I have to clear everything through the crimson communication team. Of course, and they can direct me to the appropriate aurora rep, right? I’d like to get a comment from drew cain, as well. Okay. What are you reporting on? I’m looking into why mr. Cain fired nina reeves and hired you, a woman with no publishing experience and his romantic partner, to replace her. We need a complete overhaul of security. Whoever did this… …knows our system on the inside and out. Procedures, operations. What did you do?! Oh, don’t worry, trina. I only gave him enough to keep him loopy. There’s plenty left for you. No! Stop! Stop! Get off of me! Get off of me!

[ Both grunting ] -Aah! -No! Spencer! Spencer!

[ Esme grunting ] Trina: No!

[ Water splashes ] Spencer! Ohh! Spencer!

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Sonny: Glad we’re away from port charles.  This, uh, environment is easier to control in puerto rico, and there’s a lot more things that avery can do to keep her occupied. Well, per your request, the head of security added extra shifts for all of the guards before we arrived, so it’s more secure than normal. Alright, just make sure you’re on top of it. I am. And he seems satisfied with everything, but I’m gonna go over all of it myself to make sure. Alright, alright. You’ve really gone above and beyond. I don’t remember this kind of security last time I was here. Times change. So do threats. You have a complicated history with the man, anna. I can question him alone if you’d like. Why? Are you worried that he’s gonna get under my skin? Uh, no. On the contrary. I’m worried you’ll wring his neck. Oh, I wouldn’t — no, I’m not gonna do anything. He’s playing games. I want to find out why. Anna devane. How lovely to see you. Yes, could you just spare me the polite chit-chat, please? Well, she’s in a mood. Deputy mayor ashford, my compliments for, uh, figuring out that I was the one who contacted you. I wasn’t sure you’d put it all together. Happy to exceed your expectations. Now, you reached out to me claiming to have information about the rifle that injured curtis ashford. You said you’d be in touch, then went silent. Why? Well, first, let’s talk about what you’re going to do for me. Alright, I need a decision. What are we doing? Are we gonna go forward as planned, or are we gonna go with this new theory? The malpractice suit is fraudulent. Mrs. Muldoon and her kids are a grieving family. I can’t go after them. Drop it. Are you sure? ‘Cause we got the records that proves dennis muldoon was financially strapped before I even met with you, and we’re about to get proof that he was either seeing or being treated by an oncologist before he ever stepped foot in your office. Now, whatever his wife’s involvement was, it’s obvious you were never gonna get the chance to diagnose that cancer. It’s a solid way out, finn. You sure you want to pass it? Bailiff: All rise.

[ Door closes ] I can’t put a mother of four at risk of prosecution. I’m not interested in anything you have to say. Few people are, but I never let that get in the way, especially when a crime is being committed on a good friend of mine. If you’re referring to dr. Finn, he’s the one that committed the crime. He allowed my husband to leave undiagnosed and untreated. You don’t know the first thing about dr. Finn, or me, for that matter, and you’re about to get an education on both. I knew you were gonna push yourself hard during your first physical therapy session. So honestly, how are you feeling? A little sore, but that is to be expected. I know it’s gonna take a lot of work for me to regain my mobility, but I am here for it. That’s my boy. That’s my boy. Always rising to meet a challenge.

[ Chuckles ] Yeah, well, I know all this hard work is gonna pay off as soon as I’m back on my feet. And you will be. And in the meantime, you get to be… courtside for what promises to be a fierce game of basketball. Oh, yes. Babe, uh, I know you have your mind on trina. Are you gonna be okay by yourself? Yes. Yeah. No, I’ll be fine. I have plenty of work to do. And besides, I’ll just wait for trina to give me a call and tell me what a wonderful time she’s having in paris.

[ Chuckles ] Okay, one last step. There you go. You alright? You good? Yeah. Where are we? I’ll tell you. Just one second. Okay. Okay. You okay? Alright. Mm-hmm. Welcome aboard. Spencer, what is all this? I arranged a private getaway for you. I figured that you should have a chance to see the countryside before you have to start hitting the books. I can’t believe you did this.

[ Laughs ] You and I are gonna go on a private cruise. We’re gonna travel down the seine to normandy. I had the hotel bring our things while we were at dinner. And tomorrow morning, you’re gonna wake up on the most beautiful coast that you’ve ever seen. I…[ Scoffs ] It’s hard to imagine anything more spectacular than this. I’m sure that we’ll figure out a way. You can’t steal away from me that easy.

medicine. I already learned everythingI need to about dr. Finn. You’re wrong. You say you brought this lawsuit for your family. Dr. Finn has a family. They adore him, especially his young daughter. As a doctor, there is nobody better. In fact, he’s the reason I’m able to stand here and talk to you. When he came to port charles, I was very sick, out of options. He saved my life. I’m not the only person that can say that. Dr. Finn is a kind, caring, generous, good man, and port charles is so much better for having him here. You’re obviously very passionate about your friendship with dr. Finn, but for all of his supposed brilliance, his negligence led directly to my husband’s death. Okay, I was hoping to break through your grief to appeal to your sense of fairness, but clearly, I am going to have to appeal to something else. So how about your sense of self-preservation? I’m offering a trade — my help in exchange for my freedom. After you tried to kill me? If someone tried to kill you, anna, I wasn’t present, nor can you prove that I gave the order. And since our time together is limited, better to spend it on the valuable information I possess. Hmm, well, unfortunately for you, I lack the power to grant immunity. Oh, anna has ties to the da. In fact, I believe she married him… twice. Tell scorpio I want immunity and all charges dropped. That’s never gonna happen. Oh, well, then I’m sorry. I just can’t help you. Good luck with your investigation. No. What if I were to give you an even better offer? Ah, what’s better than my freedom? Your life. I’m gonna go walk the perimeter. Check back in with you later. Looks like you’re about to jump out of your skin, ava.

[ Chuckles nervously ] Well, I could use a little something to calm my nerves, you know, preferably something with a little umbrella in it, if you know what I mean.

[ Chuckles ] When in puerto rico, you mean? Is that what you’re talking about? You know, I was on board when you said you wanted to come down here. I thought it would give us all some more room to breathe instead of being cooped up in the penthouse. But now that I’m here, I just — I feel so exposed just out here like this in the open. I’m making you as secure a-as I can, ava. Well, avery doesn’t seem concerned at all, does she? She — she practically sprinted from the tarmac to the beach. Avery loves the ocean.

[ Chuckles ] And she’s — you know, she’s secure with the guards that I have her with, and the nanny. And no one’s gonna get near her. Okay. That makes me feel a little better, honestly. You gotta stop making yourself crazy. All avery knows is she’s in puerto rico having fun with her parents. Well… she’s not such a little girl anymore, you know? She notices more than you may think. It won’t be long before you’ll be having to have some pretty difficult discussions with her. Don’t worry about me. You two have fun at the game. Oh, we definitely will. Two times.

[ Both laugh ] Okay. Mm. Laura: Portia? Hey, laura. Hi. Hey. I was just on my way to your office to look for you. Good that everyone’s here, because you should all know this. Laura, what’s wrong? Esme’s not in toronto. She’s in paris. Your honor, during the recess, mr. Grey informed me that he will be adding a witness. I move to adjourn so that I may prepare for that testimony. Judge arnold: Any objections, mr. Grey? Actually, your honor, I’m afraid I owe you and opposing counsel and the court an apology. There’s been a change of plans. I had intended to add a new witness, but upon further reflection, that will no longer be necessary. So if it’s all the same to you, your honor, I’d just like to proceed with the witness list I disclosed to the court. Alright, then you may proceed. Your honor, if I may. Well, this is a first. I haven’t even started yet, and already ms. Miller is objecting. If my esteemed counsel will just give me a moment. I’ve been informed by my client that she wishes to drop the lawsuit.

[ Bangs gavel ] Order! I’d like you both to join me in my chambers. Bailiff: All rise. What the hell just happened? Discussing my business is off-limits to my kids, just like it’s off-limits to you. Because I want you — it’s just safer that way. Now, you haven’t been discussing anything with avery, right? No. Of course not. She’s too young to understand anything about that. No, I’m talking about the other radioactive subject that we’ve all been avoiding — nina. Now, I know you think that y-you’re hiding it, but it’s all over your face. I can tell this situation’s got you all tied up in knots, and being here can’t help any. This is where you and nina were married. I’m sure it’s bringing up all kinds of feelings. I’m fine. Are you, though? ‘Cause I saw you when we ran into her and valentin, and you didn’t seem fine, sonny. You looked like somebody punched you in the gut. Discussing nina is off-limits. Okay. Alright. Fine. I’m just bringing it up because our daughter is smart, and if I can tell that something is off with you, then so can she. Donna and avery are just kids. I’ve done my best to shield them from anything that’s happened with nina, and I think I’ve done a pretty good job, because avery hasn’t asked me about it. She’s asked me.

[ French accent ] Good evening, mr. Cassadine, madame robinson. Welcome aboard. Your luggage has arrived in your stateroom. Please make yourself comfortable. We will be leaving, setting sail shortly. Very good. Thank you.

[ Sighs ] Thank you, spencer. Of course. Since being with you, I’ve gotten to experience the most amazing things. And not just this trip and all the amazing things we’ve done in paris, or all the fantastic things you planned in new york to show how well you know me — but the entire feeling of being with you, of loving you… and being loved by you in return. It’s the most amazing thing, and it’s all because of you and the incredible person you are. You’ve done that for me a thousand times over. You know that, right? Before you, all I could see was pain, and you opened my eyes to a whole new world. You showed me that there’s so much more to feel, and you taught me that I’m a person that’s worthy of love. With you, every day has been so much better. Every single one is better than the last. You’re everything that I always wanted and never believed that I could have, and I’m gonna love you for the rest of my life. So, after laying a false trail in toronto, esme used the invader’s corporate credit card to buy herself a ticket to paris. There is absolutely no reason why esme would go to paris unless she’s after spencer. Or worse, spencer and trina. Right. Either way, our daughter is in serious trouble. Maybe there’s another explanation. Esme had to know the credit card charge would be found. Maybe…this is just another attempt by esme to throw everybody off her trail. Do we know for a fact she’s even in paris? Okay, marshall I-is right. I mean, I wouldn’t put anything past this girl. Maybe this is just her version of — of toying with us. Or just simply ruining spencer and trina’s trip. Right. No, I’m afraid that the pcpd has found some security footageof esme getting onto a plane to paris, so she is definitely there. We have to warn trina. May I escort you to your stateroom, miss robinson? Yes, please. Finn: Hey, what’s going on? What did the judge want to talk to you about? In a minute. In a minute. O-okay. Alright. Bailiff: Court is back in session. The suit against dr. Hamilton finn and general hospital has been dropped. This case is dismissed.

[ Gavel bangs ] What? What? Oh, my god. Oh, my god. It’s over. It’s over. Congratulations. I didn’t do anything. What — did you? No, I didn’T. I know what you’re thinking, and I swear, no pressure was applied. Apparently, mrs. Muldoon just had a change of heart. I’m thrilled for you, son. T-this case was a lie right from the start. Nothing that happened to mr. Muldoon was your fault. I completely agree, but that doesn’t explain why mrs. Muldoon dropped the lawsuit. Who cares? Justice prevailed. That’s all that matters.

[ Chuckles ]

Is my life at stake? You tell me. You claim you can give us information that will help us find the person who shot curtis ashford. I can. We believe that the intended target was sonny corinthos. I’m sure you’re well-acquainted with his reputation. Mm. I just wonder, if he were to find out that you were withholding this information, how long you would last at pentonville? That’s not a rhetorical question.

[ Chuckles ] You either deal with us or sonny. Take your pick. How the mighty have fallen. Anna devane, reformed double agent, zealous defender of law and order and all you got, your only leverage is to go tattling to a thug. Sorry, is that a yes or no? Cesar faison would be so disappointed in his protégé. You son of a bitch!

[ Chuckles ] Why did she come to you instead of me? Did she think she can’t talk to her dad? No, I-I don’t think it’s that at all. I just think… nina was gone suddenly. Avery can tell that you’re upset, and she doesn’t want to make anything worse. I’ve tried my best to deflect her questions, but I think that you’re gonna have to talk to her. However you want to do it, I mean, I’ll follow your lead. Mommy, daddy, look at all the seashells I found. Oh, they’re wonderful. Good job. I picked this one out just for you, daddy. Thank you. Now, that’s beautiful. That’s the best one. Yeah. Hey, you know what? C-can we talk a little bit? I need to talk to you about something, okay? Okay. Come over here. Well, I’m gonna go get settled in my room then. No, no, no, no. You c– you go ahead and stay. So… I think you’ve noticed that nina has not been staying at the penthouse, and I’m sure you’re a little confused about that. So I just want to let you know that nina and i are gonna be living apart for a while. Why? Well, with adults, things get complicated, and they have to kind of stay away a-and figure things out. But I-I don’t want, you know — I want you to know that everything’s fine with me, okay? Okay. I just want everything to be fine with you. So how do you feel about nina living apart, somewhere else? I guess it’s okay, but I miss her. She was really nice to me. Am I ever gonna see her again? Counselor… I’m afraid curiosity has got the best of me. Why did you drop the suit? Because my client instructed me to. Well, as thrilled as I am with the day’s outcome, I do wish I got the chance to best you fair and square.

[ Chuckles ] Well, you may get that chance… [Southern accent] When hell freezes over.

[ Chuckles ] This calls for a celebration. Champagne at the metro court. My treat. That’s very generous of you. Um…I think we’ll take you up on that. I’m in, too. Great. Mrs. Muldoon: Dr. Finn? May I speak with you for a moment? Grandmother. Hello? You’re — you’re cutting in and out. I said you’re cut– you’re cutting in and out. Hello? Did the call drop? Yeah, it was super staticky, and then it just — yeah, it went silent. Oh. Well, yeah, my service is bad here, too. I wouldn’t worry about it. I’m sure it’ll get better when we’re off the river. Trina, honey, please stay safe and call me — call me as soon as you get this. I love you. I don’t get it. I-I don’t get this. Why — why didn’t she pick up the phone? Portia, I was able to get spencer on the phone for just a few seconds before the cell dropped. It wasn’t long enough to warn them about esme, but he sounded normal, like everything was just fine. But when I called trina, it went straight to voicemail, and she never, ever has her phone off. What if esme’s already gotten to her? Baby, baby, don’T. Don’t do that. Yeah, yeah, curtis is right. Try not to panic until we know something for sure. Well, we know something. We know something, alright. We know that that crazy girl, psychotic girl is after trina. She’s after trina again, and she’s halfway around the world — halfway around the world, away from me, in danger. And again, it all comes back to who? To spencer cassadine.


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tre ici. This — sorry, I-I’m lost. Isn’t — isn’t this the river tour? This is a private vessel. You are a stowaway. You’re coming with me. Just let me go!

[ Grunts ]

Even if nina isn’t living with your dad, she still loves you just the same. That’s not gonna change. Avery: Okay, good. Can I go put my seashells back in the ocean? Yeah, but hurry up, ’cause we’re gonna have lunch, okay? And then candy? What? Candy?

[ Laughs ] Oh, she’s got you wrapped around her little finger and she knows it. I will do anything for that little girl. I-I-I just want to let you know that I appreciate you telling me that she was confused about nina and, uh, helping me with her questions. You’re welcome. I think you handled it perfectly, although… you didn’t really answer her question about nina. Is that because you don’t know? A-are you asking for yourself, or to tell your best friend nina? I’ll just be a minute. Okay. Hi. I don’t really know how to say this. I owe you an apology, dr. Finn. I just learned that dennis went to see an oncologist before he saw you for the first time. He must have known more about his diagnosis than I was aware of. I see. I’m so sorry. You may not believe me, but dennis was a really good man. He loved us. He must have felt so desperate. People will go to great lengths for their family to make sure they’re taken care of. You’re being so understanding after what I’ve put you through. I can’t help but wonder why. Maybe it’s because I’m a single father to a little girl. I know how hard it is to be the only person responsible for your child’s well-being. Your family just suffered a

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[ Gasps ] Wow. Like it? [ Chuckles ] I thought nothing could get nicer than our hotel room in New York. But this… We’re literally on the Seine. Spencer, it’s incredible. You’re incredible. Thank you. For the room, not the compliment. Of course. Well, I thought that you and I deserved the very best to welcome us to this new chapter of our lives. We pulled Esme’s credit card records. There was a bus ticket purchased yesterday, destination — Toronto. Any stops along the way? No, it’s a straight shot. If Esme’s hiding out with her former nanny, we have the address of where to find her. Laura, I just heard about Kevin. How is he doing? He’s stable. He’s, um — Well, he’s in and out of consciousness right now, but, um, they’re doing more tests. And you? Are you able to hang in there? Yeah, yeah, yeah, I am. Laura, he is so strong. He will pull through this. Please. He will. Thank you, Anna. Thank you. Thank you. I’m sorry. I wish I could offer more than just words. I think you can. You can come back to the PCPD.

[ Cellphone ringing ] [ Sighs ]

[ Ringing stops ]

Ava: Nina, what is this I’m seeing in The Invader? Call me, okay? I’m — I’m worried about you. Who are you talking to? Nina’s voicemail. Have you seen this? Yeah, I-I haven’t read the article, but I know there’s a transition. [ Chucking ] A transition? Hmm. Otherwise known as an ousting. That surprises you after what Nina did to Carly and Drew? Well, even so. I mean, somebody’s got to check up on her. She’s not picking up. Hm. Is that a problem for you? Brick is on his way up here with an update. Has he learned anything about the threats against me? Well, the sooner we stop this, the — the sooner we can end this living arrangement that we have. Apologies for the late arrival. Ms. McCall’s been keeping me apprised of her investigation. How’s — How’s that going? Did you find anything that could affect the case? It’s going. And, yes, I did.

Brick, good to see you. Hey, hey. Come on in. Always good to be seen. Yeah. Hello, Ava. Hi, Brick. How are you? How’s everything? Fine. Would you care for an espresso? No, thank you. No, thank you. Have a seat, Brick. Unfortunately, I got to keep this brief. I’ve got a meeting this afternoon. Yeah, as long as I’m caught up, you can make it as brief as you want. W-Well, if you’re waiting for me to make myself scarce, that’s not gonna happen. N– This concerns me. Okay, I know that, but as soon as it becomes business, leave. Okay? Okay. Alright, fill me in. I couldn’t pull any viable prints off the photograph, the note, or the gun left for Ava, but I was able to trace the weapon. And? It’s part of a stolen set of unmarked guns from the Bureau. Yeah, I know. What? You know what? I don’t know. W-What is the significance of the gun being stolen from the WSB? It means it’s connected to the rifle that shot at me a year ago at the Metro Court pool. I was able to access Muldoon’s E-ZPass records and cross-reference them with security cameras from a gas station across the street from the oncologist’s office. Tell us there was something on that footage. Yeah, a big something — Muldoon entering the medical pavilion before ever meeting with Finn. Gregory: Well, there you have it — proof he was already being treated for cancer. Maybe. Unfortunately, it’s circumstantial. You said a medical pavilion? There must have been dozens of specialists working out of that building. Exactly, a dentist, an ENT, and an allergist, just to name a few. Okay, so Muldoon could have been going to see any one of them. But he wasn’t. He was there to see the oncologist. Right. How do we prove that? Martin: That’s the number-one question, the second being, if he was being treated by that oncologist, why wouldn’t he tell you that? It doesn’t make any sense. Well, I have one more lead to follow up on. If it yields results, I’ll be in touch ASAP. Thanks, Sam. Martin: Thank you, Sam. I really appreciate it. Good luck today. Finn: Thanks. Shall we? Yeah, no time like the present. Let’s do this.

Does the hotel have any of those extra, uh, European outlet converters? My phone’s dead. [ French accent ] Yes, I’ll send one up. Okay, great. Merci. Merci. Wow. That accent is to die for. [ Laughs ] Mine or his? His. Ohh. Yours is decent, though. [ Speaking French ] Mais oui. And that’s about as much as I know. Oh, thank God for the translator app, though. Baby, you don’t have to rely on a translator app. I’m happy to give you French lessons. Yeah? What are you gonna teach me, huh? Um, well… [ Romantic music plays ] To start, there is… une bise. Une bise. I like that one. Mm-hmm. And then we move on to amour. And then? Extase. [ Woman singing in French ]

Have the Toronto authorities been notified? They have, but there’s another way. Which is? Dante has met Esme’s former nanny. We could reach out to her, keep things nice and clean. That is, if the department can spare us. Absolutely. I’ll make arrangements with your superior. But I do know it’s your brother’s trial today. So if you want me to send someone else with Dante… I’ll go. Are you sure? Finn understands that this is important. Okay. Good luck, and keep me posted. Copy that. Alright. You look shocked. Well, because I am. I-I am. The PCPD has been without an active commissioner for months now. It’s been chaotic and confusing. It may even be part of the reason that Esme was allowed to slip between the cracks. But I-I thought that Mac was doing an excellent job. Oh, he is, but not only has he made it very clear that he is not interested in the position full time, he’s been out of the country for I don’t even know how long now. The department needs stability. And you could provide that. Laura, Laura. Listen to me, now. Just hear me out, okay? Next to Jordan, who’s made it very clear to me that she’s happy in her new role as the deputy mayor, you are the next most qualified candidate. Yes, and the most controversial. I mean, forget about my public humiliation. What about what happened with your granddaughter? I don’t blame you for that. I shot a child, Laura. But you were being manipulated by your former director Brennan, right? And on top of that, Valentin chose to keep you completely in the dark about what was going on with Charlotte. This was an accident. It was a horrible accident. But it’s one that doesn’t change the fact that I believe that Port Charles would be safer under your leadership. And for what it’s worth, I agree ,%. Oh, you guys. Y-You have no idea what that means to me. But I’m sorry. I cannot. I-I can’t. What happened with Charlotte, it — it makes me feel like I’m — I’m not ready. I-I don’t deserve the badge. Okay, listen, listen. I understand what you’re going through. I really do, but I am asking you to take some time and to consider this offer. Hang on. Portia? Have you heard anything about Kevin? Is — Is he gonna be okay? All rise. The honorable Judge Arnold presiding. You may be seated.

I just spoke with Kevin’s doctors, and they’re still running some tests, but they are cautiously optimistic that his prognosis will be good, and they’ll know more when he wakes up. Oh. Oh. Thank God. [ Sobbing ] Laura, if you hadn’t found him when you did, this could be an entirely different conversation. I don’t want to think about that. Thank you for keeping me in the loop. Of course. That’s great news. That’s great news. Thank you. It’s such good news. [ Cellphone chimes ] Look, I’m really sorry. I’m late for a phlebotomy appointment, so I have to go. But I will catch up with you later, alrght? Yes. You look after yourself. Bye. Bye, Jordan. I have to see to some business, as well. But you’ll let me know if you need anything? I will. Okay. Thank you. And, Laura, I am really glad that Kevin’s gonna be okay. [ Sobs ] Thank you. Oh. Oh. Now, um, have you heard from Spencer at all? Uh, no, I haven’t. Uh, I’m a little surprised, actually, ’cause I think I might have sounded a little frantic in my message, but… I don’t know. Maybe — Maybe his plane hasn’t landed yet. Well, no, I tracked the flight. It landed. Maybe I should call Trina again. No, no. Don’t bother. You know, Esme is in Canada. Kevin is out of the woods. So Spencer will call me when he calls me. I hope they’re having a good time. They’re in Paris. How could they not be? Yeah. Mm-hmm. [ Sighs ] Champagne toast? When in Rome. [ Chuckles ] That’s the wrong city, baby. It’s the wrong country, even. Oh, this is a good year. [ Door opens ]

Diane: Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, now, the name Hamilton Finn, Dr. Hamilton Finn, may be all over the docket on this case. But make no mistake, the story belongs to Dennis Muldoon, deceased husband of the plaintiff. You are going to hear how Dennis Muldoon sought the help of a trusted doctor in his time of need and how that doctor… through sheer negligence… failed to order a test which could have caught the cancer in time. Now, this story is by no means uncommon. Medical practitioners make mistakes all the time, which is why it is of the utmost importance that we hold them accountable not just for the error itself, but for the birthdays, weddings, graduations, everything that Dennis Muldoon will now, sadly, tragically, have to miss. I can and will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Dr. Hamilton Finn did encourage Dennis Muldoon to follow up with further testing and that, far from being an error of medical negligence, this was an error of personal responsibility. As tragic as that may be. You’re saying the same person who killed Austin shot Curtis. In a botched attempt to eliminate Sonny. Alright, this is just a theory. You think it has anything to do with the anonymous bid on Wyndemere? Can you do me a favor? Can you give Brick all the information you have? Yeah, on the shell corporation. I don’t have much, but I’ll get what I have. Thank you so much. Sure. Alright, listen, um, I want you to coordinate with Dex as far as, like, you know, stepping up surveillance. All the usual suspects? Carly, the kids, Olivia, now Ava, ’cause she’s in the middle of all this. On it. But I do have a question. What? Does Nina get added to that list? How are you? You alright? Well, I’m pretty sure that I lost my husband and my daughter. And the final kicker is, Drew and Carly want to take everything else from me, too. Otherwise okay? [ Laughs ] Sorry. It’s okay. I brought it on myself, right? At least that’s what everyone tells me. Well, you may be down, but you’re not down for the count. So what’s the plan? For what? For taking back what’s yours. I’m very sorry, monsieur. I knocked on the door, and there was no answer. I assumed you’d stepped out. Thank you. Your converter. Okay. If he showed up a few minutes earlier, he would have gotten quite the show. [ Laughs ] Uh, where’s your phone? I’m gonna charge it. It’s right there. Open up the champagne, please. Okay. Did he knock? Did you hear anything? I mean, in all fairness, we could have put up the “do not disturb” sign. Yeah, that would have kind of killed the romantic flow. Well, option A, take a two-second break from making out, or option B, getting caught by the bellhop in your underwear. Okay, okay, fine. Next time we will put on the “do not disturb” sign. Oh, there’s gonna be a next time, huh? Oh, yeah. Yeah, and a next time and a next time and a next time. What is this? You brought your turtledove with you? Well, yeah. There might be weekends where you’re gonna be back home and I’ll be here and… it’ll be like we’re still together. That’s what this thing is for, isn’t it? [ Chuckles ] Yeah. Yeah, it sure is. That’s pretty cute.

Aw, you have yours with you. Yeah, I, um — I take this with me everywhere I go. And once I get my apartment here, then it’ll have a permanent place on my bedside table. Hmm. [ Cellphone chimes ] One sec.

My grandmother left me a voicemail. I don’t mean to bring up a tough subject. I just don’t know where you and Nina stand right now. She’s my wife legally, so she’s gonna be a potential target. I’ll make sure to keep eyes on her. I made copies for you. This is it. This is all Lucy gave me. Thank you so much. I’ll look into it. Let me know if you need anything. Will do.

[ Sighs ] So, how seriously do I need to take this? Stay vigilant or complete lockdown? We’re not there yet. Oh, thank God. ‘Cause nothing good can come from us stuck in this penthouse. On that note, what do you say we get the hell out of here? Do you think I have a leg to stand on? I think you have two gorgeous legs to stand on. [ Chuckles ] Valentin. What? You’re Nina Reeves, for God’s sake. You built Crimson into an empire that it is today. I mean, I can’t imagine that your advertisers and top designers are thrilled with what Drew has decided. Doesn’t matter. Of course it matters. I don’t have any recourse. You don’t? Okay, well, how about you give me a number? What? How much would it cost to create a rival publication and poach every top staffer at Crimson that would give Drew and Carly a fighting chance of success? Did you ever get a sense that there were any health concerns prior to this diagnosis? Mrs. Muldoon: No. We were shocked when we learned that he had stage cancer. He seemed totally fine. And then it’s like we blinked, and… he was gone. The doctors who took care of your husband in hospice, were they able to provide any insight? They said that any physician who would have run even the most basic tests would have seen the cancer. If only someone had. A few months could have made all the difference. My children would still have a father. Objection, Your Honor. Calls for speculation. Mrs. Muldoon’s testimony will be corroborated by Dennis Muldoon’s oncologist, Your Honor. Then we’ll hear it when he or she takes the stand. Sustained. No further questions. Judge Arnold: Your witness. Mrs. Muldoon, I’d just like to start by saying how sorry we all are for your loss. Thank you. I just need to know one thing. Were you there when your husband met with Dr. Hamilton Finn when he was told he needed to go for further testing? No, I was not. So your opinion on Dr. Finn’s urgency, or lack thereof, is based solely on how your husband described it to you. Yes, but — Thank you. That’s all. No further questions, Your Honor. Judge Arnold: You may step down.

That’s it? Mr. Chase, no one ever won a civil trial by ripping a grieving widow to shreds on the witness stand. Jury’s right there. She has her story. We have ours. Diane: Your Honor, I would like to call Dr. Hamilton Finn to the stand.

Spencer, thank you for calling me back. Yeah, of course. What’s going on? Well, I’ve got good news on both fronts. First of all, Kevin is going to be okay. Oh, thank God. And, uh, we have tracked Esme to Canada. The authorities there have the address where she’s staying, and Chase and Dante are on their way there right now. What do you need from me? Nothing, honey, nothing. You just stay right where you are, okay? I’m sort of comforted by the knowledge that there’s an entire ocean between you and Esme at the moment. Laura’s right. You’re far safer there than you would be here in Port Charles. Just let the police handle Esme. Okay, I promise to look after your daughter, Dr. Robinson. I’m gonna hold you to that. Trina, honey? Hey. I want you to be safe, okay? I love you. I love you, too. I will. And we’ll keep you posted if we hear anything. Okay, sounds good. Bye. Bye. I did not agree to have lunch with you to take your money, Valentin. You wouldn’t be taking it. I’d be investing it — in you. With your prowess and the help of your editors and your advertisers, I think that any new publication you launch would bury anything that Drew and Carly can cook up at Crimson. They don’t know publishing. You know publishing. Sometimes the best revenge is good business. If I do this — You’re considering it. Maybe. If I do this, this war with Carly will only escalate until one of us surrenders. To it not being you.

Gotta admit, the hospital is not where I hoped our next meeting would take place. Hm. Give me something I can use, and maybe I’ll give you an upgrade. A man can dream. Hm. Did you trace the number that called me? Yeah, went through some back channels, which I’m guessing is why you reached out to me in the first place. And? Call came from a burner phone, one of them prepaid deals you can get at any gas station. So it wasn’t registered. Now, hold on. You know, the call pinged a cell tower a stone’s throw away from Pentonville the night the call came in. No residents or roads nearby. Pentonville? You better than anyone knows how an inmate could smuggle phones in. Thanks. No sweat. [ Sighs ] Oh, Ms. Ashford? Yeah? I haven’t lost your number. I’m hoping you’re not gonna lose mine. Dr. Finn, how long have you been a department head at General Hospital? Seven years and months. That’s a long time. And in that time, you found a cure for Blackwood’s disease, which was ravaging certain oceanic regions. Am I correct? That’s correct. That’s quite a feat, to use deductive reasoning and applied science to find a cure. Part of the job. It is. So what went wrong on the day Dennis Muldoon came to visit? Objection, Your Honor. Come on. I’ll rephrase. I’ll rephrase. Why didn’t you catch the stage cancer that other doctors insist would have been blatantly obvious at that time? I am an infectious disease specialist. Mr. Muldoon came to see me for treatment for a tapeworm which he had. However, I knew something else was wrong. So I suggested he had more tests run. Was there any urgency to this suggestion, any sort of a warning that he might be dealing with something a little more serious, perhaps life-threatening? I recommended to Mr. Muldoon that he have further tests run. I don’t recall the level to which I stressed urgency. So it’s your contention that it’s not possible that another infectious disease specialist could have deduced that cancer was at play? Can’t speculate on other doctors, and your statement does not equate to malpractice. Mm. Even if you were not at the top of your game, shall we say? I don’t know what that means. Dr. Finn, were you suspended from General Hospital six years ago? I was. Care to tell the court why? Medical privacy, Your Honor. Withdrawn. Would you agree that a doctor at the top of his game could have suspected cancer, could have ordered the proper tests, and could have conveyed to Mr. Muldoon the gravity of his situation? Like I said, I can’t speculate on other doctors. Yes or no will suffice. The expectation that a doctor in another field could immediately catch everything wrong with a patient is not only unreasonable, it’s completely absurd. I did what needed to be done on the day. And just what needed to be done. That’s not what I said. No further questions. Dr. Finn, did you ever tell Dennis Muldoon that a tapeworm was the only cause of his symptoms? No. And did you, in fact, advise him that further tests were necessary to achieve an accurate diagnosis? Yes. Did he take that advice? No, he did not. So conveyed urgency aside, do you, as a physician, have the authority to compel a patient to undergo a test they do not wish to have done? No, I don’t. No further questions, Your Honor. You may step down.

I thought you said Diane would talk about Finn’s past drug use. She didn’t have to. She did more damage by hanging it in the window. And she knows it. You know something, up to this point, I have kept my questioning brief because I honestly believe that the facts are on your side in this case. But I got to be honest, Doctor. That little tit for tat with Ms. Miller just now, I don’t think you did yourself any favors.

Thank you, Doctor, for your input and expertise. Your Honor, the prosecution rests. Judge Arnold: You may step down. I’d like to call for a brief recess. Court will resume at :. [ Gavel bangs ] Bailiff: All rise. Jury is excused. Sam: Thank you. Hey, how’s it going? Hey. Well, all is not lost. But I’m not gonna lie, we could use some help from your end. Okay. Any luck? Um, well, yeah, actually, I did some more digging, and it turns out debt collectors have placed several liens out on the Muldoons.

It looks like their house is about to be foreclosed on. What? I thought they were wealthy. No, they’ve been cash poor for a while now. Treating cancer can get expensive. I’m sure it ate away at their funds. This has actually been going on for a while. The Muldoons had a loan-out corp, and they were heavily invested in Aurora. When the stocks went down, they lost pretty much everything. That was months ago.

Hey. Your phlebotomy go okay? Oh, yeah, everything’s fine. Okay, good. What’s going on? Well, I traced the number for the source who called about the unmarked guns. Do you have a lead on who shot Curtis? Anna, Sonny may have been the intended target, but I think you’re still connected to this, as well. Hi, Sonny. I heard about Ace. Is Spencer okay? Yeah, that’s none of your business. I left you a voicemail. I’m so sorry to hear about Crimson. Nina, call me. We’ll talk when you have a chance, okay? Uh, Av– You want to go somewhere else? No, I don’t want to go somewhere else. Phyllis said that I was always welcome here. I won’t be run off with my tail between my legs. My offer still stands. What do you say? I say that you and I have a bad habit of bringing out the worst in each other. Portia: I got some good news. Oh, that’s my favorite kind. The doctors think that Kevin should be waking up very soon. Really? Mm-hmm. They’re gonna be moving him to his room, and then you’ll be able to see him soon after that. [ Voice breaking ] Thank you, Portia. Oh. Kevin’s gonna be okay. Thank you. The kids are safe. We’re lucky, really, all things considered. [ Exhales deeply ] Yeah. Oh, now if I could just — if I could just stop blaming myself. Blaming yourself for what? Esme. I knew what she was capable of. I absolutely knew it, but, you know, she is — she’s my husband’s niece. She’s — She’s the mother of my grandchild. And I just — I think I just wanted so badly to see the good in her that I let it blind me to all the horrible things she’s done and she never paid for. And she did awful things to your daughter. You must be so angry with me. Spencer: I wish I could say I was wrong and that Esme hadn’t got her memory back and that Ace could still be safe with her. But I guess I did the right thing giving Ace to my father. I mean, if anyone has a knack for disappearing, it’s him. There’s no way that Esme is gonna — Trina, what are you doing? There’s a flight back to New York in two hours. You can make it before midnight. And you’re telling me this because? Kevin just got attacked, and your brother is in danger. Spencer… I appreciate you coming with me, but your family needs you now. It looks like Muldoon has been trying to stop the bleeding for months. He even cashed out a life insurance policy to pay his bills. Before or after he saw the oncologist? Before. That’s excellent work, Sam. Thanks to you, we now have one hell of a theory to present to the court. Oh, my God. Muldoon came to you on purpose. This whole malpractice suit… Is part of his plan. Muldoon set me up. Trina, you heard my grandmother. Kevin is on the mend, and Esme is in Canada, and the police are on her trail, so… And if any of that changes? Then I’m gonna get on a plane and I’m gonna go home. But you heard me just promise your mother that I would stay here and look after you. And we both know that I’m on her hit list, so I think it’s best that I keep my word. Are you sure? Don’t — Don’t stay for me. Baby, of course I’m gonna stay for you. And for me, for us. Now, Trina Robinson, are you ready for the best weekend of your life? So ready. That’s a very good answer. [ Chuckles ] [ Cork pops ] You think that I would be angry with you? [ Sighs ] Well, at the very least, you must think I’m naive. I think that Esme is that good of a liar. Except you never believed it. I never really bought into the idea that Esme had truly changed, but I think it’s just a little bit different with me. Why is that? Because Esme hurt Trina in a very specific, targeted, vindictive way. And it’s hard to see your child suffer through something like that. And I don’t know. It leaves a mark. I am so sorry. You don’t have to be. There’s nothing wrong with hoping someone can change if and when they take accountability for their actions. But Esme never took accountability for anything. So right now, there’s only one path forward with her. Oh, yes, absolutely agreed. Esme must be found. She must be brought to trial for the things she’s done.

Hey, Port Charles police. I’m Detective Falconeri. This is Detective Chase. We were told you were coming. Any updates? We’ve been monitoring the apartment for hours. No one matching Miss Prince or the nanny’s description have exited. So the apartment’s still occupied? Well, thanks for holding off and waiting for us. Could be trouble. [ Knock on door ] I would be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted by your offer. But? But I have to try to control these impulses that I have if I have any hope of salvaging a relationship with Willow. Okay, but if you change your mind… I know where to find you. Nina, you and I have a long history of twisting ourselves into knots, pretending we’re something we aren’t for other people. You don’t have to do that with me. I’m on your side no matter what. Thank you.

I was thinking, you know. Uh-oh. Well, there’s still a threat out there and — against you. So, Esme’s on the run. Maybe you should spend some time on the island. Huh. Is that a yeah? Well, you know, the gallery is being refreshed this week, and I suppose there are worse places to stay vigilant. Alright, then we’ll — we’ll get you on — on a plane and we’ll — We? Yeah, Dex and I. There’s we? We’ll get you settled in and make sure you’re protected. Oh. Yeah. Okay. Because going to Puerto Rico is all about me and my safety, right? What else would it be about? Maybe you getting as far away from Nina as possible.

So you’re saying that the call attempting to give you information on the gun came out of Pentonville? I’ve been looking into this for months and got nowhere, dead end after dead end. So what’s changed in the last few weeks? Who’s new to Pentonville and knew about a shipment of unmarked guns meant to be in the Bureau’s possession? I knew I recognized that voice from somewhere, but I couldn’t put my finger on it until I overheard you and Laura talking earlier. Oh, the person who called you was John Brennan.

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So, what do you think? Elegant but not fussy. That’s exactly what I wanted. Uh, now, uh, there’s already one celebration here tonight. This will be just one more. What about that other thing that I wanted? Yes. That’ll be ready to go in about minutes. Perfect. Wow! The woman you’re doing this for must be very special. She is very special… …indeed. And I’m not gonna be home in time to tuck you in tonight. Because I’m at work. Working. [ Chuckles ] Okay. I’ll do my best, sweetheart. alright? You be good for the babysitter. I love you, too. I love you so much. Okay. Bye-bye. Is Violet okay? Oh… She told me to, um, save a lot of lives. Depending how this trial goes… I may not be able to save lives anymore. [ Knock on door ] Thank you for coming. I had to… if only to mark this unprecedented occasion. Okay, so, counting weeks since the date of conception, my niece, or nephew, is going to be a Libra, an air sign, which means they’re going to be intelligent and curious, just like you and TJ! [ Laughs ] And… [ Knock on door ] Oh. Hey. You called at a good time. My last two patients rescheduled. What’s — What’s going on? Kristina, are you okay? Kristina’s pregnant. I-It worked? It worked. We’re gonna be parents! [ Laughs ] [ Chuckles ] Are you sure there is only hours in a day? Because I am pretty sure that defense attorney had us on the stand for longer than that. I don’t think I’ve ever quite been cross-examined to that degree. It would have been faster if we reenacted the entire crime and investigation for the jury. Yeah, but then that defense attorney couldn’t have asked me the same question like times. I almost would have rather Diane Miller cross-examine me. Mnh! I said “almost.” Hm. Oh. I gotta find Esme Prince, bring her in for a statement. Laura: You’ll have to do more than that if we’re gonna keep Port Charles safe.

So, Heather told me she wants Esme to go to prison. Wow. Never thought I’d agree with Heather Webber on anything. She wants her daughter to be close to her so she can look after her. Well, she’s not gonna be looking after her if she’s in prison; the state will. Okay, so, according to Heather, Esme came to visit her as soon as Ace was taken, and Heather tried to convince her to run away before they could reinstate the charges against her. And Esme said no, and she said it was because of Ace, but Heather thinks it’s because she wants revenge. Takes a psycho to know a psycho. So Spencer was right. Esme remembers everything. Yes. Heather confirmed it. She’s not the most reliable, though. I mean, Heather Webber has zero credibility. She has to be working an angle. Agreed. She is not to be trusted. But I think that in her own crazy way, Heather seems to genuinely care about her daughter. She seems determined to save her. Great. Esme almost hurt a lot of people, and that was before she wanted payback. Yeah, and now she’s desperate and she has nothing to lose. We’ve got to arrest her. No matter what, we’ve got to arrest her before she does something terrible. I’m sorry, Laura. We can’t do that. Brick: I have to say… the deputy mayor was the last person I expected to call asking me for a meeting. I reached out as a private citizen. A private citizen who used to be the police commissioner. Let it go — for the purposes of this conversation at least. Okay, okay. So why am I here? I’ve been working on a project — off the books. Okay? Have a seat. I’m looking for someone with a tech prowess who can also keep a secret. I thought you’d be the perfect man for the job. Mm. “Perfect man.” “Prowess.” So much flattery packed into a couple of sentences. Not that I mind. Can we talk about this? Okay, okay. So let’s talk about why you feel you can’t trust the PCPD with this project. I can’t involve the PCPD. It could put them in a bad spot. But you don’t mind dragging me into this? Well, you are the bad spot. [ Chuckles ] Okay. I appreciate the directness. But maybe we should lean towards the flattery again. You’re a known associate of Sonny Corinthos. I’m aware of your skill set, and I know you can be discreet. You seem to know a lot about me. Yeah, well, we have a file. So glad you went through the trouble. What’s in the file? That’s classified. Good stuff usually is. So, what’s the mission… should I choose to accept it?

Well, I see you brought backup. Sonny and Alexis? [ Chuckles ] No. I ran into them outside. But considering the way our last date went, backup might have been a good idea. Well, I’m hoping we can put all that behind us tonight. I hope so, too. Well, you look especially beautiful this evening. Ooh, you’re off to a rousing start. This is lovely, Robert. I kind of wanted to show you just how much you do mean to me. ♪ Give it up to me, baby ♪ Oh. Oh, I love this song. Was that your doing, too? It was. [ Laughs ] Would you care to dance? No. Uh, no? Mnh-mnh. I thought all women loved guys that…danced. Well, that certainly depends on the woman. I do. But, then again, I’m a fabulous dancer, despite my penchant for leading. No, I don’t want a, um — I don’t want a dance partner tonight. Well, whatever you’re looking for, tell me, and it’s yours. [ Laughs ] Okay. An apology. Let me know if you need anything else. Thank you, N’neka. Thanks. So, I was at this convention out of town. It started early. It ran late. And then I got a ride-share, and he dropped me two blocks from here. And I didn’t want to miss Spencer, so I ran all the way — for nothing. What about you? Well, I had some business to take care of. I missed the party, but I said my goodbyes outside. Thanks for keeping me company. I really wasn’t looking forward to going home anyway because I’d go home and I’d think about all the things I have to do, and then I’d worry about everything. I don’t think you were in much of a rush to get home, either, were you? Well, you know, I’m gonna go there after I-I leave here. I saw Kristina the other day. Really? I take it you two haven’t spoken lately? I-I’m just respecting some boundaries, you know. Ahh. Sort of taking a step back since I think I overstepped. You overstepped? I know. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? Well, I think it’s a good thing that you’re taking a step back. It’s not like I have a choice. Well, whatever the reason, it’s a good thing. I hope so. Because it’s killing me.

I can’t stop smiling! Me neither! We’re gonna have a baby! Molly, we’re gonna have a baby! Thank you, Kristina! Thank you! Aww. Please. I’m just honored to be a part of this. Y-You are so much more than that. You’re making this wonderful thing happen for us. We’ll never be able to thank you enough. The look on your faces right now, that is all the thanks I need. You might feel differently during labor. [ Laughter ] How are you feeling? Really. Like, don’t hesitate to tell your OB if you’re feeling, you know, any — Whoa, whoa. Hey. You don’t have to be a doctor right now, TJ. Just be a dad. It’s okay. I’m gonna be a dad. You’re gonna be a dad! [ Laughs ] I can’t wait to hold the baby and smell that little baby smell. And play airplane while we — while we feed our baby mashed bananas and smile like absolute idiots! While we wipe the mashed bananas off our baby’s face and — Hair and… And it’s gonna get on the floor and on the chair. [ Laughter ] What’s wrong? I-I can’t help but think that we got excited like this before, that we talked about this before, and it — it didn’t work out. Violet will love you no matter what job you have. She thinks you hung the moon. And I happen to think she’s right. And I am convinced you’re gonna win this lawsuit. I’m grateful for your conviction. I… I wish I shared it. You know? But… Tomorrow, my trial starts, and my future will be in the hands of people in a jury box. people who have never practiced medicine. Well, apparently all they care about whether I am nice or likable. I mean, how do I defend myself without coming across as defensive? How do I share my medical expertise without being arrogant? You are passionate about your job. You care deeply about your patients. That will come through. And in the end, those people are gonna wish you were their doctor. How can you be so confident? Because I am inspired by you every day. The nicest thing you ever said to me. I couldn’t imagine going through this without you.

Martin: Oh! [ Knock on door ] Apologies. Including for the late arrival. I’m afraid it was unavoidable. Now, why did you need to see me? But we’re using a new surrogate now. I mean, what are the odds it happens to us twice? It can happen to anyone, Molls. The first trimester’s so delicate.. Okay. Uh… come here, both of you. Listen. You’re not spiraling down this rabbit hole, okay? You have to just have a little faith a-and just take a breath. You’re right. Yeah. You’re right. None of us know what the future holds. But if the worst case scenario does happen, then we’re gonna handle it, the three of us, together. And if and when you’re ready, we can try again. Most importantly, we’re a team now. If I haven’t said it before, you are a rock star, Kristina. I know. My sister is just like me, only better. [ Chuckles ]

I mean, it’s not like I haven’t talked to the girls at all. It’s just I sort of keep the conversation light and superficial because I, you know — I want to be careful not to alienate them. You shouldn’t worry so much. Why? Do you know something that I don’t know? Have you spoken to Kristina? Okay. I’m not gonna break any confidence here, but I believe she knows that your heart was in the right place. Oh. Good. I appreciate that. You know, but I think she would prefer that I keep my distance. I’m gonna respect that and not push. No — No matter how badly you want to? Molly is gonna be a mom. Right. And Kristina is gonna carry her baby. I mean, what could go wrong? So I’m just gonna bring joy into their lives and — and enjoy their journey. You have to keep following their lead, you know? Um, look what happened to me. I, you know… lost my family because of the pain that I caused them. You don’t want that in your life. I just want to reiterate this — this one thing again. The laws regarding fertility and reproduction, they’re like the Wild West, specifically — You know how many times you’ve said this to me already? You think I’m neurotic, don’t you? And you — and you just want me to shut up and be a grandma. No, you already said your concerns with the girls. Just move on. I’m trying. I really am. [ Cellphones ringing ] Molly. Kristina. [ Cellphones ringing ] I know I asked you here, but I have to go. Too bad. We were just getting to know each other’s files. We’re not gonna talk about me. And I’m already familiar with your file. Is that right? Ever wonder about the stuff that’s not in the files? I can live with the mystery. Really? I would have expected the opposite. I’ve been defying expectations my whole life. Hm. I’d love to hear a lot more about that. Hm. I’ve been in touch with a contact. They were supposed to provide me with some information and reach out with a location, but I haven’t heard back. And you’d like me to track your contact down. They may have broken off contact because of certain… complications. What kind? The federal kind. What exactly is the nature of this “project”? I can’t tell you. Oh. I see. So let me get this right. You want me to put my neck on the line — with certain agencies, I might add — but you don’t want to tell me why. It’s better for everyone if I don’t. I recall you using words like “discreet” and “knows how to keep a secret” just minutes ago. I did. And I meant it. Good. Because I do know how to keep all secrets — past, present, and future. I don’t doubt that. But I need to keep the circle of trust small. For now. If you do this for me, I’ll owe you a favor as deputy mayor, no questions asked. I do love being owed, but I’m gonna want inside that small circle — soon. Mm-hmm. One step at a time. Okay. Let’s start by triangulating your contact’s whereabouts. I’m not giving you my phone. I don’t need your phone. Just your number.

Don’t abuse it. Wouldn’t dream of it.

Yeah. Gotcha now. So, look, if the D.A. can reinstate some or all of the charges against Esme — the assault, the obstruction — then we can get a warrant for arrest. Yeah, and I’ve already talked to Robert about it. He’s got one of his ADAs writing it up right now. They’re hoping to get a judge to sign off on that tonight. Well, that’s great. We wait for them, and then we make a move. Isn’t there anything that we can do in the meantime? Heather really made it seem like Esme was primed to do something drastic. I could bring her in on some false pretense and see if I get her to spill about the stuff she did with Cameron and Joss and Trina, and maybe that’d be enough to hold her for hours or at least long enough for Robert to establish the charges again. hours in custody is better than nothing. Yeah, but the problem is, Esme hasn’t been charged with a crime. Visiting her mother. I mean, that’s not illegal. Nikolas, on the other hand, he is a fugitive. He held Esme prisoner for months. He’s facing charges of kidnapping and assault. He’s got Esme’s child. I mean, in the eyes of the law, Esme is gonna be looked at as the victim here. Well, then we should tell her that. And, by the way, I don’t want her to be badgered or bullied in any way. I just want her contained so that she’s safe from herself until we can get all of this other stuff sorted out. I’m gonna go with you as backup. Yeah. Me too. I really think I can talk her off the ledge. Let’s just hope she hasn’t already disappeared. Look, I know you’re nervous, but your trial starts tomorrow. My advice is, a light workout and an evening doing something you enjoy. You know, as long as it has nothing to do with the lawsuit or medicine. Cook a good meal. Watch a game. Maybe Parcheesi. Or listen to music. Fact is, you’re as prepared as you’re ever gonna be, and worrying about things that haven’t happened yet, it’s counterproductive. I know. As much as I’d like to take your advice, we found something that might help the defense. And I’m just hearing about it now? Well, we weren’t sure it would do any good. I mean, we’re still not. And why don’t you let me be the judge? Dennis Muldoon saw a doctor in Beechers Corners months before he ever approached me. I-I’m sorry for upsetting you. Shall we dance? [ Chuckles ] You’re sorry for what exactly? For… …upsetting you, of course. Well, yes, yes. Of course. Absolutely. Because…? Uh, I have no idea what I did. Not a clue? Not an inkling? Um, well, I’m not a mind reader. Oh. “This time, we have the DNA evidence to connect Corinthos to a crime and finally put the bastard away. Your guy’s going down… love. And there’s not a thing you can do about it.” You say it like that, I guess it sounds a tad aggressive. Oh. I’m sorry. Was there a more lighthearted, festive version you wanted to relay? I’m — I’m confused. I — We enjoy sparring with one another. I love sparring with you, Robert. That wasn’t sparring. That crossed a line. Forget crossed. It blew right past it. I-I’m still confused. And I’m confused why. None of that was about you. I’m talking about Sonny. I’m talking about taking down a defendant in court. Frankly, I’m not sorry about any of that. Well, you two have great timing. We were together when you called. Oh. That’s convenient. We ran into each other at The Savoy. -Uh-huh. -I’m sorry. You two were hanging out at The Savoy? Well, you know, we don’t typically hang out, but, you know, when I’m with your dad, he is… Amazing. I — So, we were just saying bye to Spencer. Oh, right. Yes. He and Trina are off to Paris. [ Knock on door ] That’s probably my mom. Hey, Mom. Hi, baby. [ Chuckles ] Aww. Well, it looks like the gang’s all here. -Indeed we are. -Hi, Jordan. -Hi. -Hi. Thank you for coming. I know this was a — It was a spur-of-the-moment thing. Uh, but we have some news we wanted to share with you, and we didn’t want to wait. The procedure worked, and I am pregnant with Molly and TJ’s baby. I mean, obviously, we’re gonna confirm it with a blood test, but… Congratulations to all of you. Congratulations, Memaw. [ Laughs ] -Don’t ruin this. -Okay. Okay. Dr. Sawyer could only speak in hypotheticals, but she did say had she evaluated a patient similar to Muldoon, she would have referred him to an oncologist, but we don’t know if Muldoon ever followed up on that referral. And let me guess. You waited until the th hour to tell me because this Dr. Sawyer isn’t willing to go on the record? She skirted the line, but she definitely said enough without confirming. we don’t even know the name of the oncologist that Muldoon was supposed to see. Yeah, and for now, it just seems like a dead end. Not necessarily. There is one avenue we could explore. So you didn’t actually mean your apology? Well, I-I’m — I’m sorry for being unnecessarily harsh, but it’s my job to put men like Sonny away. [Chuckling] No, no. Not just “men like Sonny.” Sonny! It has become abundantly obvious that you have a personal and — I might add, highly unprofessional — vendetta against my client! [ Scoffs ] Do I enjoy watching a known racketeer hide behind family, friends, hell, even the mayor? No, I don’t. But unlike Sonny, I work within the law. Now, I can’t prosecute unless I’ve got evidence. This time, I had evidence. And you couldn’t wait to use it. Here’s the crux of my problem, Robert. You gloated. Tell me something, Diane. Are you offended by the fact that… I might win or that Sonny might lose? I’m so happy that this is finally happening for you. Are you, though? Tell me the truth, Mom. Are you actually happy this is happening?

No sign of Esme. I checked her desk, the break room, the lunch room. I’m running out of rooms. Well, maybe she’s gone for the day. Maybe Alexis knows where she is. Alexis? Kevin?! Oh, my God. -Kevin? -I’m gonna call dispatch. Oh. He — He’s still breathing. Yeah, he has a pulse. We’ve got to get him to the hospital! Yeah. Kevin, can you hear me? Kevin, please. Wake up. There you are. What happened, honey. Tell me. I know the names of several private investigators who could help us out, including Sam McCall. Hmm. One way or another, I’m gonna get somebody looking for this unspecified oncologist tonight. Risk of sounding like a clichĂ©, if there’s a chance that Muldoon had an inkling he had cancer, that would blow your case wide open. E-Even if we do find this oncologist, we don’t know if they can provide anything that would help the case. You leave that to me. Worry about the things you can control — namely your testimony, your effect on the jury when you’re up on that stand. And for God’s sake, remember… only answer the question asked. I don’t want you to elaborate or help out. No information is offered unless explicitly asked about. You got it? I — Yeah, I g– Look, you and Alexis have been abundantly clear, yes. Good. ‘Cause your testimony is either gonna save you… or it’s gonna damn you. I am always forever on your side, your side, and your side. I’m thrilled for both of you. Hm. Can you believe it? [ Laughs ] -Thank you. -Congratulations. You have to know how happy I am that my daughter found the perfect partner. I got pretty lucky, too. You’re gonna be great parents. Yes, they are. Okay. I have to add that during this early stage of our pregnancy, we’re not telling anyone that’s not in this room that we’re pregnant. [ Cellphone rings ] Excuse me… So we’ll make a big announcement after the first trimester. Nobody is gonna know anything until you say so. Thank you. How about a toast? I bought a bottle of nonalcoholic champagne just for this occasion. -That sounds perfect. -Yeah. Right? I’m gonna have to take a rain check. What’s going on? Uh, just an incident at work. What happened? Is everything okay? Everything will be fine. Listen. This is a beautiful night. Don’t let this moment ruin it. I love you. And you.

You’ve lost me. I don’t understand the distinction. Because no attorney likes to lose. There’s an impartial nature here between the attorney/client relationship. Where did you go to law school? That is absolutely not true. I am extremely partisan. I am my client’s advocate. Oh, come on. You’ve had the better of me in court more than once. You’re as smart as a whip. Too smart to know that someone like Sonny is innocent of all the charges he’s faced over the years. Look, it doesn’t matter what I believe or what I know or what I understand. It is my duty, it is my obligation as a defense attorney to provide the most vigorous, the best defense possible, one that is rooted in logic and evidence for my clients. Anything less, and I’m derelict in my duty. Come on. This is a whole lot more than just a client getting a vigorous defense. Why is it that I feel like you want me to say something? No. No? I just want your honesty. Okay. Is Sonny your…client… or is that murdering bastard your friend? Sonny Corinthos is one of my best friends. Now, does that change the way you look at me? Was Esme Prince in this morning? Yeah, I-I saw her when I came in. She seemed fine. Nothing out of the ordinary. Although I don’t think she would have clocked in till after I left. Does she have access to your office? Yeah, she does, but so does the cleaning staff. Why is Esme your focus? Detective! I found something. “Your testimony could damn you”? What happened to Finn having a relaxing evening? Well, forgive me. I don’t mean to sound alarmist. I’d hate to hear you if you did mean it. As discussed, it is almost certain that Ms. Miller is going to raise questions about your substance abuse. But he’s been sober for years. His past addiction can’t be used against him now, can it? Well, if it is, I will object on the grounds of medical privacy. But there’s a chance I could be overruled. The judge will allow Ms. Miller to ask you questions about your drug use. So not only do I have to defend myself as a doctor, I have to defend my sobriety, as well. Forewarned is forearmed. If those questions get asked, you just answer truthfully but forcefully. The fact is, the court is only gonna have your word for it that you were sober when you treated Muldoon. And in the end, that’s all this trial is really about, Finn. You just make sure when you’re on that stand the jury gets to meet the man I know you to be, and you’ll win. Diane, I see you as a sharp, passionate woman. Well, we have that in common, at least. And I admire your desire to go that — that extra distance for your clients. I mean, that — that’ll never change. But you don’t approve of my friendship with Sonny. You know what he’s done. I guess I can’t understand how you can look past that. Well, I would think it’s similar to how you can look past all the blood on Anna’s hands. That’s different. How is that different? Well, she’s the mother of my child. Sonny also has children, but I guess that doesn’t give him a special dispensation as far as you’re concerned? Well, what about Holly? What about her? As far as I know, she didn’t bear any of your children, but you can look past all of her alleged crimes. [ Scoffs ] Look. I can’t be responsible for everyone I ever went out with. No one’s asking you that, Robert. I also am not judging you. Because I know that there is more to both Anna and Holly than meets the eye, just as there is more to Sonny. So…can you accept that I am friends with him without holding it against me? Can you accept that it’s my mission to put people like him away? And if I can’t? Want to make a toast. Having a child can be difficult at times. But it’s one of the most incredible experiences a person can have. And I just want to say to you that I’m just so happy that you’re gonna be able to share in the joy of watching your child grow up just like I did. To all of you and to my new grandchild. -Cheers. -Cheers.

[ Monitor beeping ] [ Door closes ] How’s my husband? He’s stable. I’m sending him for tests now. Okay. Uh, can I see him first? Just for a minute. Okay.

Oh, Kevin, my love. Please come back to me. Please, Kevin. I need you… …to tell me what I already know in my bones that it was Esme who did this. I promise you. I will bring her to justice. Oh, Kevin. We still have so much things we want to do together. And I… I don’t want to do one more minute of this life without you. Hey, Chase. You find anything? Yes, a letter to Esme from a woman named Maggie. Maggie Fitzgerald? That was Esme’s old nanny. Yeah, she said she took a position with another family and she wants Esme to come visit. -Where? -Toronto. If y’all forgive me, I’m gonna track down Sam, get her looking for that mystery oncologist. Deep breath. Deep breath. [ Breathes deeply ] Ah. So much for a relaxing evening. Well, it’s not over yet. There’s still time. Wait. Wait. Where do you suggest? Well, my boys are having a sleepover, which means my house is empty. I can cook you dinner. We can listen to music. Or you can listen to the game. Music. Always music. Maybe something from that playlist you made when we drove to Vermont. Oh. And then after that… who knows? You any good at Parcheesi? I’m excellent… at Parcheesi… and a lot of things. I guess we’ve reached an impasse. Robert… I would never ask you to apologize for who you are and what you do. I don’t want you to apologize for caring about Sonny. Okay. What happens if we can never fully see eye-to-eye on this issue? Where does that leave us? Look, I know I’m not always good at expressing myself in these things, but I-I really do care about you. I feel the same way. And I’m not gonna give up on what we’re building. Well, there’s really only one solution. Let’s hear it. We leave Sonny and the clients in the courtroom. Totally accept those terms. Absolutely. Did you notice that, uh… I left out “where they belong” at the end of the last sentence? I did notice that. Thank you, Robert. I appreciate that. See? We can do this. [ Laughs ] Yes, we can. You know I’m gonna spoil this baby like crazy, right? -I won’t even try to stop you. -[ Laughs ] Very proud of you. You gave TJ and Molly an incredible gift. Well, Molly is my sister, and I would do anything for her. You know that bond that you and your sister have? Any parent would pray to have that. And I want to tell you something, okay? I know you’re happy right now, but just know that the road’s not always gonna be without challenges. Anything you need — anything — you always come to your dad, okay?

Do you recognize this? Yeah, I kept that on my credenza. Okay. Does anything else look disturbed to you? It’s hard to say if I can’t go through everything. Do you really think Esme attacked Kevin? She’s our primary suspect, and I’ve got a bad feeling that she’s not gonna stop with Kevin. Spencer, it’s your grandmother. Listen. I know you’re on your way to Paris, but I need you to call me back as soon as you get this. It’s about Esme.

Uh, yeah. Let me know. [ Door closes ] Is, uh — Is Kevin awake yet? Not yet. I can’t stop thinking about how long he might have been lying there. Look… These are the best doctors here, right? They’re gonna take good care of him. Yeah. I want all that to be true. It is. Any word about Esme? Uh, yeah. We tracked her credit card. She used it to, uh, get a one-way bus ticket to Toronto. Any idea who she knows up there?

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[ Grunts ] How did you get so good at this? Visualization. And what are you visualizing? Oh, not what. It’s who.

[ Sighs ] Lucy Coe.

[ Siren wails in distance ]

Maybe this was a bad idea. When is going to a meeting ever a bad idea? I just, uh — May– Maybe my time would be better spent with my attorney, going over my defense. Honestly, until we get more information about what Muldoon was up to in the weeks prior to him coming to see you, I don’t think there’s a whole lot for you and Martin to talk about. Yeah. You’re right. And something tells you that you needed this meeting today. I would listen to your instincts. Who needs instincts when I’ve got you?

[ Cork pops ] Ah! Is there a more satisfying sound? If there is, I’ve never heard it. What’s the occasion? Oh, well, I don’t think we need an occasion, do we, Tracy? We definitely don’t. Oh, come on. There is nothing going on between Scott and me. I mean, look at the guy. Clearly he is otherwise engaged. Then why do you keep looking over there? Honestly, what on Earth is so captivating about Scott Baldwin? So good of you to come. Where else would we be? Curtis needs us. And whatever happens today, good news or bad… Please let it be good. …Curtis will know that he has his family behind him. Sweetheart, you okay? I just want this to work. We all do. Should we go in? Yeah, Curtis shouldn’t be alone right now. Oh, don’t worry. He’s not alone. Where’s the doctor at? Shouldn’t he have been here by now? Dr. Martell got pulled into an emergency surgery. He’ll be here as soon as he can. Yeah. Isn’t that fitting? What? You, reassuring me, today of all days. Well, it beats the alternative, Which is? This endless loop going on in my head. Did the surgery work, or didn’t it? Question only a doctor can answer.

Hey, TJ. Anna. Hi. Hey. How can I help you? Uh, well, I was supposed to to meet your mother for drinks last night, but she never showed up at the restaurant. It’s not like my mom to be a no-show. I know. Uh, it’s not like her to leave unanswered messages, either. So I just wondered if you knew where she was or if you’ve heard from her. No, but… I wonder. What? My mom’s been conducting her own investigation into my uncle’s shooting. Of course she has. I was with her yesterday when she got her first lead, the first solid one, anyway, and I asked her if she would be safe, and she said she would be. But now you’re concerned. Well, so am I, I have to say. Anna, do you think my mom’s in trouble?

Your mother knows better than to go it alone if the nature of the lead suggested backup was warranted. Maybe under normal circumstances. What, these are anything but? My mom has a personal stake in tracing the rifle that shot my Uncle Curtis. What — What if she took a calculated risk and it got her in over her head? Well, that’s possible. Yes. I’m calling the PCPD. Oh, there you are. We were getting worried. Mom. Hey, are you okay? Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m — I’m fine. You’re wearing the same clothes as — as last night. Where have you been this whole time? Dana: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Would anyone like to share? I’m Hamilton. I’m an addict. And I’m also a doctor. You gotta stay positive, son. I’m being positive, Pop. But it’s also important to stay realistic. I want with every fiber in me for the procedure to be a success. But if it weren’t… Then we’ll deal with that. We’ll deal with that together. Thanks for that, Pop. Better late than never, right? Most of my life I spent running away. Left Irene to raise you and your brother. So terrified I’d hurt you. Well, that’s most of your life. You’re here now, Pop. That’s because of you, Son. You — You taught me how to overcome that fear. I have no fear of a setback. If those doctors walked in right now and said, “We’ve done all we can do. We’ve gone as far as we can go, and this is as good as it gets,” I can handle that. But when I think about having to look Portia in the face and Trina and Aunt Stella

[breathes deeply] and see that disappointment in their eyes… …Pop, that’ll gut me. But it won’t break you. I think I’ll go to the chapel and light a candle. Couldn’t hurt. Light one for me? You got it, baby girl. Now you can talk to me. How can I fly to Paris if we don’t know what’s happening with Curtis? Honey, you’re going. Your father and I, we both want you to go. Even if it’s with Spencer? Is he my first choice for a travel companion? No. You know he’s not. But Spencer makes you happy. I can see that. And if you ever have children, you’ll realize that all you really want for them is just to be happy. When you think about yourself in Paris, does it make you feel, you know, kind of warm? Feel real good inside? Yeah. Well, Curtis would not want to deprive you of that feeling. So you’re going to go, and you’re going to experience life, and it’s going to be amazing. You’re going to live, love, eat all the things. Okay? Okay. Okay. Deal. And you know what you’re going to do for sure? Send me pictures, text me constantly. Okay. Okay.

[ Cellphone rings ] Is that Spencer? Yeah, but I’ll call him later. No, no, no, I think you should take it. We need all the support we can get today, right?

[ Ringing continues ]

Need a shoulder? I got two of them. One should suffice. There really is no reason to be jealous. You mean except for your seeming inability to take your eyes off the man? Okay. Uh, did Scott and I have a moment once upon a time? Yeah, but it was a long, long time ago. I barely remember it. So why dwell on it? Because from what I understand, it’s a moment that has a habit of reoccurring. But if your history with Scott is just that… It is. …then why does the prospect of discussing get you all scrunched up? I — I am not scrunched. Oh, I see scrunched-ness. Really? Okay, well, then I see insecurity-ness, and it’s not a good look. Where are you going? I’m sorry. Do I need your permission to go to the ladies’ room? No. By all means. Thank you. Care to join us? Thank you, but I’m well aware three is a crowd. Oh, no. The more the merrier. Right, Scott? Scott? Huh? Am I keeping you? I am — I am not scrunched. I am not scrunched up at all. Oh, Scott Baldwin, you had better not be laying it on too thick with Tracy. Oh! I know I put a tiny emery board — I got a file in here. I know I have a file in here.

[ Door closes ] Hey, you don’t happen to have an emery board, do you? Because I snagged my nail. Marty: No. I’m sorry. I’m fresh out. Marty? The coast clear? Uh, yeah, I’m in here by myself. What are you doing in You and Scott Baldwin, I want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but now. When did you turn on Lucy? I was never really a huge fan of her. I mean, she’s a lot. No question. Did I ever tell about the time that she came to the PCPD locker room when I was getting out of the shower? She checked me out and then demanded that I sing at the nurse’s ball. Yeah, I remember hearing something about that. I try to block it out. But now that you’ve reminded me, just another reason to visualize.

I don’t buy it. Buy what? You’ve been coexisting with Lucy for years at work and outside of it. And sure, you’re not personal friends, but you’ve always been cordial with each other. What changed? She crossed the line with my grandmother. Uh, this is inappropriate. You know, you are in the ladies’ room. Yeah, well, when another lady shows up, I’ll make myself scarce. Damn it, Lucy, I thought you were different. I am different. You know all about my history with women, my exes, one emotional bloodbath after another. And you said you understood, that you loved me for me. I did. I… I-I do. Present tense. I love — Marty, I love you now! Now. Marty! Marty! Oh!

[ Sighs, chuckles ] That went well. Tracy, there’s no place I’d rather be or who I’d rather be with. But I do have to use the little boys’ room. Say, Gregory, would you mind keeping my lovely companion company while I’m gone? Take your time. You and I will pick up right where we left off when you get back. Don’t. I didn’t say anything. You don’t have to say a thing. Just believe me when I tell you it’s not how it appears. Tracy, you do not owe me an explanation. What’s the matter? Heartburn. Um, you think I would have learned by now that citrus is not my friend. Well, they call it antacids for a reason. TouchĂ©. Well, I-I should probably be going. Do you think, uh, Scott will forgive me if I leave his lovely companion unattended? Ha ha. Backgammon rematch. Soon. You’re on.

How’s Finn? And you? I know that malpractice lawsuit, it can’t be easy on you, either. My friend, I came by to support you, remember? Well, you taking my mind off of this, that’s helping. Please. All right. Finn’s okay, I guess. Between his dad and the lawsuit… It’s a lot. Too much sometimes. Thank goodness he has you there to lean on. Oh, I — I don’t know. I just hate — I hate seeing him struggle like this. You know, he just wants to prove to everyone that G.H. and his patients are right for putting their trust in him. And you know that I will testify to that at his trial. I know. Thank you. I really appreciate that. And so will he. Okay. Your turn. That’s it, huh? That’s all the distraction I get? How’s Curtis?

[ Sighs ] He’s, um — He’s walking a fine line. I mean, we all are. Positive but still realistic. Hopeful but not too hopeful. Mm. It sounds impossible. Yeah, it is. But, um, Curtis is determined, you know, to face whatever comes his way. And you? I’m determined, too. But, um… I know life isn’t fair and we’re not guaranteed a happy ending. But you’d really like one. I know. You know, I keep having this dream. And it’s with Curtis and I at the rehearsal dinner, and we’re dancing. And I get that feeling, the feeling that I had that night, and Curtis’ arms are around me. And we’re moving together so beautifully. And Curtis is so strong, and he’s so graceful. You know, it’s just like — it’s like we’re floating, and that moment, it must be imprinted on my heart and my body because it feels so real. And then I wake up. And Curtis is lying next to me. And I realize that we’re never going to dance again. We’re not. Not like that.

[ Breathes shakily ] But now, you know, maybe — maybe we can. I just can’t stop myself from, you know, hoping. Me too. Me too.

[ Breathes deeply ] Look at you, being all observant, noticing your mother’s clothes. That isn’t an answer, Mom. I have been going nonstop since I last saw you. Haven’t had a chance to go home and change. So you haven’t slept? I plan on going to bed very early tonight. It’s that a new lead on Curtis’ shooting, isn’t it? You know what? It was just — I got concerned when you didn’t turn up for that drink and went radio silent, and I just thought I would come and ask TJ if he’d heard from you, and that’s… I’m sorry. I didn’t mean for anyone to worry. But, as you can see, I’m fine. Okay. I have to check on Uncle Curtis. So… Tell him I’m thinking about him? I will. And stay safe? Please? That’s the plan. It’s nice to see you, TJ. You think he bought that? I think he’s just happy you’re in one piece. Want to tell me what happened when you followed that lead? Well, I never got that far. Somebody stopped me. I had just gotten my first break in the case, a possible clue to the origins of the rifle that shot Curtis. That’s great. Thank you for cluing me in and calling for backup and not going it alone. Like you’ve never done the same. All right. That’s fair. Yeah. So what happened? You got stopped? More like intercepted by two men. Did they hurt you? No, but they were all business. One minute I’m outside on my way to arrange a meeting, the next, I’m in a room on the wrong side of a two-way mirror across from these strangers staring at me. You’re FBI? Why all the subterfuge, then? If you’re investigating the shooting of Curtis Ashford, we’re on the same side. What did they want? Your cooperation? Nope. They wanted me to back off.

How’s our boy doing? You know Curtis — holding it together for everyone else’s sake. And you? Well, I — I’ve never been one to believe in miracles, Stella. But I do believe in my son. Shame on you, Marshall. Miracles happen every day. Just look at how we’ve managed to remain friends. You mean in spite of what happened between us Christmas Eve?

[ Sighs ] It was just too much eggnog. I hate eggnog. All those memories of Irene. Yeah, maybe. But I felt something. And I got a sneaking suspicion you felt it, too. Something that can never, ever be. Hey, handsome.

[ Chuckles ] How’s it going? It’s going. Is there anything that I can do or I can get you maybe? Yeah. Would you get the rest of the family? Tell them I want to see them. Marty, please just listen to me. You have it wrong about Scott. I don’t care about Scott. I mean, of course I care about him. He’s my friend. But it’s not the same way I care about you. And — Listen, would you just call me? Please call me back. Or better yet, come — come to me. Come — Come see me. Because you’re absolutely right. I am different than your exes, and I-I just — I need the chance to prove it to you. Please, Honey Bunny, p-please, please, please. That’s all I ask. Give me the chance.

[ Sighs ] I just feel like I have so much I want to do and so much life left to live and… I would kind of like it if you would do it with me, be by my side?

Thank you for coming back to me. Damn it, Martin! Now you’re gonna make my mascara run.

[ Cries ] Oh, I knew you’d come back. Thank you.

What are you doing here? I thought you left. I can’t you move.

I get to Max’s office, and there’s Lucy telling my grandmother that Luke may have been the love of her life but that Laura was the love of his. And then she goes on to say that the reason my grandmother is alone is because she’s unlovable. Have a little compassion, a-a little sympathy. If that’s too much to ask, maybe a little basic tact. But no, not Lucy. She all but told my grandmother that she was grieving a man who never loved her, which is completely untrue. And Tracy knows that. I doubt what Lucy said hit her anywhere near as hard as it hit you. I disagree. My grandmother, she comes off tough, uncaring, even abrasive. But underneath it all, she’s got a really soft heart. She’s just trying to protect it. Oh, you want to know the worst part? There’s worse? The whole thing was a con. Lucy deliberately said those hurtful things to shine a spotlight on my grandmother’s loneliness so that Scott Baldwin, of all people, could swoop in and romance her. Yeah, but to what end? If I had to guess, to trick my grandmother into marriage so she’d have to pay him off with her Deception shares, you know, get rid of him. And then Scott would turn the shares back over to Lucy. Despicable, right? Not that that plan ever would have worked. I mean, my grandmother saw through those two right from the start.

[ Sighs ] But no one gets to do that to her without paying a price. Except you. It’s a totally different concept. Lucy does not deserve deception. Maxi does. Besides, I’m only scheming within the family. Same thing my grandmother would do to me. Calling an ambulance. No. You just said you couldn’t move. No ambulance. Tracy, please. They’ll just have to admit me, and then it’ll be impossible to get me out of there. If you die on my watch… I’m not dying. Not today, anyway. Can you sit? Mm. Yeah. I’ll help you. Move slowly.

[ Sighs ] Is there any medication you can take that would help?

[ Sighs ] What happened? I — I-I felt a twinge in my chest up in the restaurant. I got — I got short of breath. I thought maybe a little fresh air might help. But you can see how far I got.

[ Sighs ] I’m so sorry. I need to stay strong, at least until the wedding. Yes, you do. That is a can’t-miss event. I understand from Brook Lynn that you have been tapped to officiate. Yeah. I tried to decline, but Jason and Brook Lynn wouldn’t take no for an answer. Good. That’s settled. Now we just have to tank Olivia’s idea of a wedding cake. And wait till I tell you what Lois thinks. She — Tracy. Don’t do this. Besides being a father… being a doctor is what defines me most, being a…healer. And if my ability to practice medicine gets taken away, that — that becomes really scary because… who am I? We have this saying — “Recovery is a-a journey, not a destination.” Never has that been more true than it is today, because there’s no finish line for us. We’re never done. We just keep on going and try not to mess up too much along the way. Isn’t easy, is it? I feel like I’m doing it. I’m proud of myself for that. Okay, fam, listen up. Somebody means business. I do. No more fake smiles and forced positivity. Baby, we’re just trying to — I know. I know what you guys are trying to do. And I appreciate it. I love you guys for it. But it’s okay to be scared. It’s okay to be terrified that the procedure didn’t work, because God knows I am. But whatever happens today, good or — or — or otherwise, we just have to agree right now to accept it and move forward, whatever that looks like. Because I know one thing. No hospital or wheelchair can keep me down. Are we clear? We are clear. Crystal. I have never been prouder of anyone in my life. That’s how I feel when I look at you.

[ Stella chuckles ] Everything okay? Yeah. Everything is great. Dr. Martell wanted me to let you know that he’s on his way and then the examination will begin. Bring it on. Well, the feds are notorious at guarding their own turf, but — This was more than that. Jordan: I told you everything I know. Now it’s time to return the favor. We can’t risk you compromising the investigation. Listen to me. My ex-husband and of the best men you’ll ever meet almost died and is literally fighting to get back on his feet. I can help you find who’s responsible if you’re not too proud or territorial to let me.

[ Knock on door ] I couldn’t see who was on the other side of that door, but whoever it was put the fear of God into those agents. What were you thinking at this point? Truthfully, I was wondering just how far they were willing to go to keep me quiet. What was the resolution? How did you get out of there? Whoever that agent spoke to must have been calling the shots. What makes you say that? Because as soon as that door was closed again, everything changed.

[ Clears throat ] Thank you, Miss Ashford. We’re done here. I can go? We apologize for the inconvenience. There’s a car waiting right outside for you. Who was at the door? I’m afraid we can’t answer that. What the hell is going on? Trust us. It’s better for all involved if you stay out of it. Then that was it. I was walked to a Town Car and advised to stick to my desk at City Hall. Which, of course, you won’t. After that, not a chance. I see the gang’s all here. Yeah, Doc, I, uh, couldn’t have done it without them. And you’ll never have to. When you get out of that chair, we’ll be standing right beside you, cheering you on. Don’t you even think about kicking us out. Oh, I wouldn’t dare. That support can only be a plus. Good. Because that’s how this family rolls. I’m ready when you are. Okay. Bring it on.

Hey. Hi. Have you been out here the whole time? I have not. As much as I love you, and I really do, I still have a job. Yeah. I just knew the meeting was breaking up, and I wanted to wait for you. But if that feels like pressure, I — it’ll never happen again. I don’t feel pressure. I’m really glad you’re here. I’m grateful for you. What are you doing in here? Tracy cannot see us in here. She can’t walk in here and see us together. Well, I’d like to know what’s going on with you and Martin. Oh, isn’t that funny? That’s the same question he asked me about you. Well, that’s the million- dollar question. So, what’s the answer? I told him you were old — old news, that, specifically, you and I are old news. Old news, huh? Old hat? Is that how you see me, Lucy? Oh, down, boy. You know those baby-blue bedroom eyes of yours? They’re wasted on me. Well, you used to like these blue eyes in your boudoir. Don’t do that. Do what? You have a job to finish, and that’s what you’re going to do. Now, let’s get out there and finish it. Let’s go! Whatever’s going on between you and Scott Baldwin… I told you. …is none of my business. But Chase and Brook Lynn, they are my business. And their wedding needs to be perfect, Tracy, needs to be a joyous occasion that they can look back on and celebrate long after I — long after other things are forgotten. Forgetting will be impossible. So no more petty fighting with Lois and Olivia about the reception. No more arguing with Ned about anything, really. All that matters is that those two beautiful souls belong together and we all do everything we can to help make that happen. Do we understand each other? We do. How’s the breathing? Better, actually. So is my energy. Which is why you attempted to rile me up. Attempted? I think I succeeded.

[ Chuckles ]

[ Breathes deeply ] Now, that is what I’m talking about! Who did you visualize? Our building super. Lev? What did that guy ever do to you? He still hasn’t fixed our radiator. Come on! Yeah, it’s a little inconvenient, but — Inconvenient? You used to walk around our apartment in next to nothing. Now you’re constantly wearing sweats. Talk about frustrating. Oh. Poor baby. Well, maybe there’s something I can do to change that. You’re gonna ditch the sweats? No. And risk getting hypothermia in our own apartment? Unh-unh. But we can go to bed earlier, spend more time there together, generate body heat. Yeah, let’s do that… starting now. Yuri will be waiting for us outside. Yuri doesn’t have to do that. Yes, he does. I pay him. Well, Monica pays him. And she has assured me that if he’s not driving for her, he’s available to me. I just mean I can call a rideshare. Oh, congratulations on mastering the technology necessary to call a complete stranger with unknown driving ability to pick you up in their car and take you to a destination their GPS may or may not be able to find. Come on. You’re coming with me.

[ Sighs ] How does that feel? Surprisingly okay. I’m sorry I, uh, interrupted your time with Scott. You interrupted nothing. Really? It sure seemed like you were on a D-A-T-E. Just goes to show you, appearances can be deceiving. Let’s go.

Oh, wow. This is just great! All right, Lucy, just take it easy, will you? Hey, uh, Jesse, uh, i-is, uh, Tracy still here? She told me to tell you that something came up.

[ Chuckles ] Thanks. Wow. This is a record, even for you. The champagne is barely uncorked, and you ran Tracy off already. That’s because I was focused on you. Oh… Fortunately, I think we can still do some damage control. Give me your credit card. I beg your pardon? Give me your credit card. Hi. Um, yes. I-I would like to, um, order a dozen — No. You know what? Make it two dozen beautiful white roses. Mm-hmm. Right. Oh, um, they’re going to the, uh, Quartermaine mansion. You do? Of course you know the address. Um, card. Please say, “Until next time. XOXO Scott.” Oh, good. Thank you. Oh, right. Uh, hold on.

[ Snaps fingers ] Excuse me just one moment. Excuse me. I got it. Thank you for not letting me talk myself out of going to that meeting. I realized I needed to be around people who are in the same fight that I am. I hope my story gave them a little bit of encouragement, because they encouraged me every day. You know what I love most about you? There can’t be just one thing. Okay, you know one of the things I love most about you? Go on. Your generosity. I’m sure you helped those people in the meeting just like you help all of your patients. In one way or another, we’re going to prove that. We? Yeah, we. Kind of stuck with me.

The agents who nabbed me were clearly just messengers. Someone’s pulling the strings behind the scenes. And you want to out them? You know, taking on the feds is no small feat. You are actually going to need backup. Anna, there’s no telling where this will lead. That’s precisely my point. You have to admit, you’re going to need a second pair of eyes. Well, if you’re offering up yours, I’d be a fool to say no. Come on. Anna… Thank you. You’d do the same for me. In a heartbeat.

Surgery could not have gone better, but, as with any procedure… I know. I know. You didn’t want to get my hopes up. It doesn’t necessarily mean the spinal cord damage was repaired. I’m ready to find out.

[ Monitor beeping ]

Do you feel that?


How about that? I felt that. What? Yes! Yes? Oh, my God! I’m not imagining. Doc, I felt something. Babe.

[ Chuckles ] Dr. Martell: This is great news. It’s no guarantee you’ll walk again, but… No, no, no, but i-it’s a start. It’s a good start. Portia: Yes!

[ Laughter ] Oh, my goodness.

[ Stella speaks indistinctly ]

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[ Slow clapping ] Well played.

Hey, listen, I don’t understand the hold-up. When are you going to give me an update on our little operation? Lucy, I’m just trying to get my ducks in order with Tracy. But the good news is I’m meeting her here at the Metro Court this morning. How did you make that happen? Well, I, uh — I told her the truth. W-What? W-Which truth? The truth about you. What does that even mean? You listen to me. I-I am coming there right now. I am coming there. No, no, no. Hang on, hang on, Lucy. You’re gonna cramp my style. What style? You listen to me. You’re gonna explain every word that you’re gonna say to Tracy, or else I’m gonna pull all the hair out that is left on your head. And there she is! Hey, baby. Mwah! Where do you think you’re running off to in such a hurry, huh? Ah. Oh. Hey, Tracy. I’m glad you could make it. Against my better judgment. You said you had something to tell me. You know, the service is — is kind of slow here. Why don’t we go someplace else? I don’t think so. Never let them take you to a second location. Isn’t that what they tell potential crime victims? Yes. I’m here against my will, aren’t I? Look. Your grandmother’s here. Should we invite her to join us? Oh, look who she’s here with. I don’t want to be involved with whatever she has going on with Scott Baldwin. Brook Lynn’s right. Besides, we want to have a personal conversation with you. It’s about the wedding. And your part in it. It’s getting late, so if you’ll excuse me, Grandmother, maybe you can speak to Dante alone. Got a lot to do before my trip to Paris. I’d say you’ve done enough. Look, I know that you disagree with me about my decision to give Ace to my father, but please, it was very difficult for me. Yeah. Well, doing the right thing is rarely easy, which is why you’re gonna stay right here, and you’re gonna tell the PCPD everything you know about Ace’s kidnapping. You’re right. I should have been more careful. You warned me, and I didn’t listen. And now the worst has happened, and you are the only person that I can turn to. Tell your mother everything.

Of course. I’ll help any way I can. Good. I was hoping you’d say that. Dad… would you officiate our ceremony? Uh, you know, Tracy, I-I’ve known you for a long time, and I’ve never seen you do anything against your will. True. And for the life of me, I do not know why I agreed to meet you today. Well, I think you’ve got me all wrong. I know you see me as shallow as a mud puddle, but I believe in truth, justice, the American way. And justice is why I became a lawyer. And justice is why we’re here today. Lucy has it in for you. Do tell. Oh! Hey, you. Wow. Um, I-I didn’t even know you were back. You didn’t call me. Well, because — precisely. I didn’t want to, you know, spoil that adorably surprised look on your face when I walked through the door. Mm, mm, mm. Well, I am definitely surprised. And listen, darling, I am so sorry I couldn’t be there to support you during Bobbie Spencer’s funeral. And I thought I could begin to start making it up to you with two all-day passes to the Metro Court spa. Huh? Oh, that is so sweet. You say the word, and your facial awaits. Sweet, sweet, sweet, and special. I love their facials. And their body scrubs are divine. I know. Um, but is it okay if I, um, take a rain check? Uh… Yeah. Yeah, sure. I mean, I-I gotta admit, I was looking forward to spending some time with you. I mean, I haven’t seen you for days. I-I know, and I’ve missed you so, so much. It’s just, I have meetings booked right through lunch, and I’ve got to go, uh — I was just gonna grab a bite to eat at the Metro Court. B-By yourself? Um, you know how I love their pancakes. Oh, as a matter of fact, I do. I recall that from the first morning we spent together. Mwah. You know what I recall from that morning was how sexy you looked… Don’t. Don’t. …in that Santa suit. Yes, you were so sexy. My sartorial choices have changed somewhat since then, but my company is still as charming as ever. So, my lady, will you at least allow me to squire you to the Metro Court? Come on, now. You know you wanna.

[ Chuckles ] I’m going. All right. Come on, baby. So when did you, uh, realize Ace was missing? And who do you think is responsible? The situation is rather complicated. My brother is with our father. Nikolas is back in town? He was. I didn’t see him, though. So what happened? Nikolas just walked in and took Ace? Nobody noticed? Not exactly. I’m sorry, Laura. I don’t think I understand. I let my father take Ace. That bastard Nikolas took Ace?! How dare he? He thinks that he’s untouchable, that he can just do whatever he wants. Yeah, of course he does. What’s his mother have to say about her precious son kidnapping her grandchild? Well, I actually haven’t told Laura yet. She — She would have too many questions, number one being why I haven’t contacted the police yet. Well, right. No, of course you can’t without Spencer shooting his mouth off about the old Esme being back. Yeah, which is why I went to go see Spencer’s great-uncle Cyrus. Cyrus Renault? Honey, do not buy into that guy’s evangelizing. The gospel truth is he cannot be trusted. I know, which he proved to me himself. I was desperate, and he didn’t even offer any help.

[ Scoffs ] Surprise, surprise. Which… is why I’m here. I was hoping that you might have an idea about what my next step should be. Run. And when you think you’re far enough away from Port Charles, run some more. That seems worthy of the Port Charles Players. I’m really glad that you enjoyed it. Now you can get out. Wait a second. Before you go, who tipped you off to the alleged insider trading in the first place? Well, you should really ask your good friend Olivia. If she wasn’t running her mouth so indiscreetly, maybe I wouldn’t have overheard. Her voice does carry. Eavesdropping. Shocker. Now go. With pleasure. Oh, before I leave, I just have one question. Now that you two have humbled me… …are we finally even? You want me to officiate your wedding? We want someone to lead us through our vows that knows us personally. Someone we love. There is nobody who can put into words the significance of the commitment that we’re about to make to each other more eloquently than you.

[ Sighs ] It would be… a privilege. I’m sensing a “but” here. I’m very, very sorry to have wasted your time, but as you can see, the police aren’t necessary in this situation. Uh, my baby brother wasn’t kidnapped. Well, technically, by New York State law, you’re, uh — you’re right. I said that it was a complicated situation. That’s why I didn’t report that Ace was abducted. Right. I mean, it would have been considered kidnapping had Esme had a legal custody order, but otherwise, the — the statute, the default is that both parents get custody. There are extreme situations where one parent can be convicted of kidnapping if they take the child without the other parent’s permission. Right, but this is not an extreme situation. My — My father just wanted to spend some time with his son. Right, without Ace’s mother knowing, who’s been raising him up until this point. What Esme have to say about all this? I am sure she’s just going out of her mind. Hasn’t she made a report? No, no, there’s no report from Esme. You see, this proves exactly what I was saying. Esme doesn’t want to go to the police right now, not given the stakes. Uh, what stakes are higher than a missing child? I think you’re right about me getting out of Port Charles. And as soon as I get Ace back, no one in this town is ever gonna see me again. No, no! Honey, you can’t wait that long. You’ve got to leave now. Without my son? No, never. No — No! You don’t have a choice, Esme. You don’t have any allies, baby, or anybody to help you, except me. I’m a little, uh, preoccupied at the moment. It is going to come out that you got your memory back, no matter what Spencer does or doesn’t do. No, you don’t know that. Esme, think! Honey, what are you gonna do? Just keep pretending that Ace is in the next room? You told me yourself Laura comes to visit him all the time. So she and Kevin are gonna figure out real quick that something’s up. And what are you gonna do when you can’t produce Ace? I hadn’t thought that far ahead.

[ Sighs ] Well, they’re gonna figure it all out, and then they’re gonna drag you back to court, stand you on trial for everything you did. Unless you want to spend the rest of your life in prison, honey, you’ve got to make a break for it now, before it’s too late. Well, what about Ace? Am I just supposed to abandon my child the way that you abandoned me? Well, you had to know there’d be some sort of reckoning, Nina. Your actions caused a lot of pain to a lot of people, nearly destroyed lives. Those are the kind of things that can’t go unanswered. You don’t think I’ve suffered enough? I lost my husband, I lost my daughter, and now, apparently, my job for something I did that was completely legal — informing the SEC that insider trading had occurred. Well, Drew’s the boss, and it’s completely legal for him to fire you. You’re loving this, aren’t you? Kicking me when I’m already down.

[ Scoffs ] Wait. Before I go… now that I’m the condemned woman, may I ask, when are you going to put me out of my misery? Well, that’s up to you.

[ Sighs ] Is the pity party almost over? ‘Cause we got a magazine to run, and you’re not entitled to our time any more than you’re entitled to a job here. We have two things in common, Carly. We’ll do anything for our family, and we both know how to settle a score. That’s enough. Just get out or I will throw you out!

No use staying when your moment is over. You got to see my face when you told me that I was fired. Was it everything you were hoping for? Just leave, Nina. But now the fun is over, because now you actually have to run a magazine. Good luck.

[ Exhales ] Took her long enough. Carly? What is it? What’s wrong? Spencer is convinced that Esme has not made a report about Ace being missing because she’s afraid that the DA’s office is going to reinstate the charges against her. But why would she be afraid of that all of a sudden? I mean, Trina agreed to drop the charges ’cause DA Scorpio said charges wouldn’t stick. A jury wouldn’t convict because Esme couldn’t remember the crimes she committed. She couldn’t then. But she can now. So are you saying that Esme has got her memory back? That’s exactly what I’m saying. And I’m also saying that you should go arrest her instead of my father. I didn’t abandon you, Esme. I gave you up because it was what was best for you at the time. Running off without my son is not what’s best for him. Look, I understand. Of course it’s not. But temporarily relinquishing your custody of Ace to ensure your liberty is. We both know that Nikolas is a feckless dilettante with an overactive libido. But he’s not gonna hurt Ace. You need to go find a place to hide where you can just regroup. And then someday soon,

[whispering] I’m busting out of this joint, and we’ll join forces and find Ace together. Same way that I found you. And look how well that turned out.

[ Normal voice ] I may be behind bars, but… I got my daughter back in my life, and that is worth every second in this hellhole. You and I missed out on a lot of time together. And I cannot even fathom being separated from my child for even a fraction of that. I wouldn’t know if he was eating, I wouldn’t know if he was sleeping, and it would kill me. I understand it’s hard. It’s hard. But Nikolas has Ace, and we do not have the resources at the moment to — to track him down. You have to play the long game here, Esme. So what, am I supposed to just hide out all alone while Spencer and Trina sail off into the sunset? Wait. Are you speaking as a mother right now or as a jealous ex? Scotty, you and Lucy are thick as thieves. Why betray her? Well, because I think it’s wrong that she’s gunning for you. Uh-huh. Does she have a specific plan to get even with me? Well, you know Lucy and her half-baked schemes. You know, she’s always got something going on in that crazy head of hers. Uh-huh. And whatever she’s cooking up you deem bad enough to warrant you coming to warn me? Why? Well, that’s simple. I’ve seen Lucy’s wrath, and I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of it. That’s very gallant. But isn’t that exactly what you’re risking? Becoming Lucy’s target? Well, I can handle anything she throws at me. And now that I’ve tipped you off, so can you. You know what, buttercup? I have the most wonderful idea. I think our reunion calls for some champagne. What would you say to some mimosas? Oh, I would love it, but remember I told you I have all those meetings later, and I-I really do need to stay sharp.

I’m so touched by your offer, but officiating your wedding isn’t as simple as me just leading the two of you through your vows. Chase and I thought that you might have some concerns, so we went ahead and did some research. And, actually, the process is super simple. It won’t take you any time at all to get licensed online. Wow.

[ Chuckles ] I think you two are a step ahead of me. I-I, uh, I don’t know what to say. Say yes, Dad. It would mean the world to us. I want you both to know how honored I am. But I’m sorry. I’m going to have to decline.

Been a hell of a year for us. And I don’t want to risk losing you again, Lucy. Well, you — you won’t have to. I-I really want to focus on the future now. Our future. Well, I’m glad to hear you say that, ’cause it may sound childish, but, uh, I just think we’ve felt off lately. Matter of fact, I was beginning to wonder if your feelings for me had changed. Your wedding day is going to be a celebration of your love and all that you went through to get to that moment. I want it to be perfect. That’s what we want, too, Dad, which is why we would like you to be a part of it. And I will be, son. I’ll be the beaming father filled with pride, watching it all happen. And it’ll fill me with joy to witness it. But I can’t promise any more than that. I-I may not be at my best. Look, we know ALS is unpredictable, so Chase has already worked with the venue to address every possible accessibility accommodation, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. If you need any extra help… You’re so sweet. And I appreciate you both going above and beyond for me to — to make this happen, but it isn’t just a mobility issue. Then what is it, Dad? I know you both have done your research on ALS, so you’re aware that — that this disease can affect my ability to speak. Well, it — actually, it already has. I’m — I’ve had… some issues lately. I would hate to preside over such a momentous day and not be able to make myself understood.

I thought we were on the same page about firing Nina. We — We are. She deserved to go. I mean, up until she crossed that threshold, that was all about sticking it to her. Getting her out of my life, out of my business, all of it. Yes, and the win is gonna be for nothing if Crimson tanks and goes out of business. Oh. No, no. Carly, that’s not gonna happen. Crimson’s in great shape. Okay. All right. Look, this is your business. This is your area of expertise. You know what you’re doing. So I will stay on as Crimson’s editor-in-chief, and I will keep that seat warm for the moment. But you’re gonna have to find someone with more experience to take over, and soon. You sure about that? We were both sure about that. No, I-I know that we said that you would take this job temporarily, but I’m just… I mean, why does it have to be that way? Why couldn’t you love it and want to do it forever?

It’s been a while. Yeah. I haven’t seen you since everyone found out that I was the SEC informant And my husband wasn’t.

Look, I understand Esme put you and your friends through hell. And I want her to pay for her crimes just as much as you. Well, good news. You’re a cop. You can make that happen. Not that simple, Spencer. Yeah, Spencer. Unfortunately, Esme’s slip of the tongue and your gut feeling that she’s got her memory back isn’t enough for the police to arrest somebody or even detain who is, in the eyes of the law, an innocent person. Innocent? Yeah. This is Esme Prince we’re talking about, yes? Well, we’re also talking about you, Spencer. Maybe I should be arresting you instead. I can’t arrest Esme for anything right now, Spencer. But you — I could put the cuffs on you for what you did. Dante, you wouldn’t actually arrest Spencer. And charge me with what? I didn’t break any laws when I handed Ace over to my father. No? How about aiding and abetting a fugitive? Did you forget your father’s a wanted man? Did you forget that you had an obligation to report seeing him? It’s really interesting, because I would think that you, of all people, would understand what it’s like to love a complicated father. Haven’t you been struggling with whether or not to report Sonny for his many crimes all these years? I believe he once shot you over that. Spencer! What are you doing? I-I’m sorry about this. Really, Dante, I’m so sorry. I don’t know what’s gotten into my grandson. No. It’s been a very emotional day. Laura, it’s okay. Don’t worry, Spencer, I’m not gonna arrest you. It’s not gonna help us find Ace. But I will issue a BOLO for Nikolas now that we know he was in town last night. Look, I wasn’t trying to knock your old man or your love for him. I was simply trying to remind you of the lengths that family will go to for one another. Let me just give you a piece of advice, Spencer, if I may? When you love family, you know they don’t always make the best or most legal decisions, right? Point taken. Yeah. My only goal is to protect my little brother, and given what I know about Esme, I believe I did the right thing by letting my father take him. The problem is, Esme might have something to say about that. So I gotta get her statement. It’s time to bring Esme in. This isn’t about jealousy. This is about vengeance. I want every single one of them to pay.

[ Chuckles ] That’s my girl! Yeah, Nikolas, Spencer, Trina, Ava — they’re all gonna get what they deserve. Of course they are. And we’re gonna make it happen. Did you really think I’d allow those ingrates a single moment of peace in their miserable lives after they conspired to kidnap my grandson? Yeah, but what can you do from behind bars?

[ Laughing ] Oh, my sweet child. Incarceration’s never been an impediment to justice for me. Just leave it all to Mommy. Yeah, but has this form of justice ever involved locating a millionaire fugitive before?

[ Chuckles ] You know, I know that face. Y-Your father used to make it all the time. You don’t believe I can do this. Yeah, well, I don’t exactly know what to believe anymore. Honey, we will find Ace, I promise you. But you just can’t go off on your own trying to do this by yourself. Remember what I said to you last time? You are in the best possible position right now. Ryan is gone — cold in the ground or six feet under, whichever way you want to think about it — and the cops have nothing on you. Fly free, little birdie. You know, I remember something that you told me last time when I visited. Ace is everything. Without my son, I have nothing. If you have never trusted anybody in your life, trust me. Nobody loves you… like your mom. Honey, you will have everything you want. But you just gotta play it smart. You want me to stay on as editor-in-chief of Crimson magazine? That wasn’t the plan. Plans change. I mean, think about it. Nina didn’t know anything about running a magazine when she started here. She kind of learned as she went. And you’re not that familiar with publishing. I understand, but you know how to run a company. Yeah, I do, but that’s not the issue. I let you make me editor-in-chief of Crimson so I could see Nina’s face when I took something that she loves. And we accomplished that. Did you see the way she slunk out of here? Yes, and it was very rewarding. But it can end there. I don’t want to make a decision this big for the wrong reason, Drew. You taking this job doesn’t have to be just about sticking it to Nina. It can be — It can be about so much more. Think about it. I mean, we keep everything that’s working, obviously. But then we can — we can get rid of things that we don’t agree with, and we can make it our own. Yours and mine, together. Do you have any idea how rewarding that would be? But what about Bobbie’s? And the life I’m building there? So go ahead. Yell at me for blaming — blaming your husband for something that I did. Can this day get any worse? Go ahead. Let me have it. I don’t like to pile on someone who’s already in a bad place. Not even you, Nina. What happened? Drew fired me from Crimson. What? And he hired Carly as editor-in-chief. Oh, Mary, Mother of God. I gotta say, I did not see that coming. Yeah, I second that. Wow. You put a lot of yourself into Crimson, I know that. This has gotta really hurt. I don’t get you, Olivia. Your Carly’s best friend, but yet you offered to help me plan my wedding. I made your husband my fall guy, and you found out that I’m the one who blew the whistle on Carly and Drew, and you said nothing. Why? To keep the peace. You and Sonny were newly married. You and Carly were coexisting, and Drew was out of prison. What good would it do to — to bring up all the things that you’ve done? It’s not gonna give Carly and Drew any of the time back that they’d lost. It was just gonna hurt Sonny. So I kept quiet. And I convinced Ned to do the same. Don’t feel like you have to thank me or anything.

[ Chuckles ] Listen, Tracy, I-I’m not saying anything to you that I haven’t already said to Lucy. I told her to stop doing anything to you, especially after everything you’ve been through. What is that supposed to mean? Well, you lost Luke not that long ago. Irrelevant. Is it? I mean, I can relate. I think when you’re lonely, you can recognize it in somebody else. Tracy, I didn’t just ask you here to, uh, warn you about Lucy. I really want to see how you’re doing. I wanted to check on you. I would like to be your friend. Why would you question my feelings for you? Well, it’s, uh, kind of embarrassing, but, uh, the fact is, I let someone else get inside my — my head.

There is one person who knows Lucy Coe, warts and all, and through every despicable act has stood by her. That’s Scott Baldwin. What are you doing? Where are you going? You’re gonna have to forgive me. Suddenly I’ve lost my appetite. Dad, listen to me. If accepting this role makes you feel uncomfortable, or you hate the idea of all eyes being on you, then that’s one thing. But if you think that we’re gonna be disappointed because your words don’t come out perfectly when you’re marrying us, then you’re wrong. What matters is what you say, not how you say it. I-I appreciate that, son, but this is Brook Lynn’s day, too, and, uh, you can’t speak for her. Have you met me? I have no problem giving my opinion. True. That’s one of the things I like about you.

[ Chuckles ] Thank you. Then please listen to me and know that I’m telling you exactly how we both feel. If you want our wedding day to be perfect, there’s no way it’s gonna be perfect unless you marry us.

Have either of you seen Esme? No, I-I haven’t seen her yet today. She’s also not returning any of my calls or my texts. I don’t know where she is either. All right, I’ll see what I can turn up. If you see your father again — I won’t. If you do see your father again, call the police. For both your sakes. Dante, thank you for looking into this, and please call me with any updates, no matter how small. Will do.

I’m sorry, Grandmother. I know that you’re angry with me for letting my father take Ace. I’m not as angry as I am worried. If you’re right about Esme and she’s reverted to her old ways, then we should not underestimate her. There’s no telling what she could do now. I used to be terrified of you, and I know that I’ve said some unkind things to you. Who hasn’t? But now that I’ve become a mother, I see things differently. Now I can appreciate how you always knew where I was and what I was doing. You stopped at nothing to protect me. That’s the kind of mother I intend to be. And you will be, someday soon. But remember what I said, honey. For now, you just gotta bide your time. Thank you, Heather — Mother — for everything you’ve done for me. But taking it slow doesn’t work for me. I’m out of time. Honey, whatever you’re thinking of doing, don’t! Esme, listen to me! Esme! Don’t do it! Well, you two appear to be in complete agreement on this, so who am I to argue with the bride and groom about what they want on their wedding day? So I’d love to officiate the ceremony. Oh, I’m so glad, Dad. You’ve made us so happy. But I do have one request, though. Anything. Uh, can we have a backup officiant, just in case? Uh, sure, if it would make you feel more comfortable. But we’re not gonna need it. I think we’ve had fun today. I think we should do this again real soon. What do you think? I’m not saying no. Hey, Jesse, let me have a bottle of your best champagne. We’re celebrating! What has gotten into you? What’s gotten into me? What’s gotten into you? You know something, after a while, your repeated inattention really starts to stick in my throat. Okay, I’m sorry. I am sorry. You’re right. I have been very, very distracted. But you know that Tracy Quartermaine has made my life a living hell recently. So you can’t really blame me for wanting to keep an eye on her. Come on. I promise you will have my full, undivided attention. I’ll stop. Please just stay. Please? On one condition. Anything. You tell me what the hell is going on between you and Scott. Being hands-on at Bobbie’s is so important to me. It’s a part of my mom that I get to hold onto now that she’s gone, and I don’t want to let that go. No, I don’t want that either. I-I would never ask you to sacrifice something that means that much to you. I just — I don’t know what it is. I guess seeing you in here like this, suddenly I just — you as editor-in-chief of Crimson could be so incredible, so meaningful to both of us. But we don’t need Crimson for that. We could be that to each other. I mean, I think what we have is special, you know? You’re right. Okay, wait, wait. But, I mean, we’re talking, so… I mean, my mom did double duty at the diner and at GH. And you are every bit as capable and as hard-working as Bobbie was. She set the bar pretty high, but I hope I can make her proud. Oh, you are making her proud. I don’t know! I don’t know. I mean, what — what if we try this, you know, and it doesn’t work and something has to give? Well, then you take some time and you decide which job you’re gonna step away from, and I will support you no matter what in whatever decision you make. But I just hope you can just take a second and picture how incredible you would be running Crimson. I mean, the more I think about it, the more I know you’d be amazing. We would be amazing. Let’s do it. Oh, my God! Let’s do it! Let’s be partners, personally and professionally. Deal.

Ah. I mean, look, we’re gonna be spending a lot of time together. You sure you’re not gonna get sick of me? Are you kidding me? Never. Good answer. I am not okay with the things you did. You caused a lot of pain for the people that I care about most. Call me crazy. I still believe that peace is possible. You’re suffering a lot of losses right now, but they don’t have to be permanent. The best thing for you to do right now is to move on gracefully, for everyone’s sake. You’re probably right.

But if Carly and Drew want a war, they’ve got one.

Under new management.

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At Crimson, Drew introduces Carly to Nina as the new editor-in-chief, and she’s fired. Nina is shocked but applauds their revenge. She wonders if they’re even now. Drew points out that she had to be punished for what she did. They argue, and they tell her to get out. Carly’s isn’t sure that she can run Crimson, but Drew thinks she would be great at it. She supposes she can run both Bobbie’s and Crimson, at least for a while. They agree to be partners at Crimson, and then they kiss. Then they throw away Nina’s nameplate.

Upset, Nina runs into Olivia in the restroom. Olivia is surprisingly sympathetic and explains to a shocked Nina that she didn’t rat her out before because she wanted to keep the peace. She still thinks that’s possible and suggests to Nina that she move on gracefully. However, Nina vows to herself in the mirror that she will go to war with Drew and Carly.

Lucy is on the phone with Scott, who’s at the Metro Court. He’s waiting for Tracy to arrive. Lucy is worried what he’s going to tell Tracy. She’s about to rush out when Martin shows up, surprising her. He missed her and feels like they haven’t been connecting lately. She is intrigued by what he’s saying, but she really wants to rush off to the Metro Court. She claims she has meetings after he surprises her with spa tickets. They go to the Metro Court together. He tries talking to her, but she is watching Scott and Tracy the whole time. He realizes Lucy is distracted and gets annoyed (remembering what Tracy told him). He demands to know what’s going on with her and Scott.

Meanwhile, Scott and Tracy sit at the bar. Scott tries to warn her that Lucy is after her, but she’s clearly both amused and not buying a word he says. He tells her that he wanted to check on her because he feels she’s lonely, like he is. He takes her hand as he says that. They agree that they’re having fun and should do this again. Scott orders Champagne.

Also at the Metro Court, Chase and Brook Lynn sit down with Gregory. They ask him to officiate at their wedding. He’s honored but doesn’t think it’s a great idea because of his ALS. It sometimes affects his speech, and he doesn’t want to ruin their wedding. They both assure him that they still want him to do it. He agrees, but only if they choose a backup officiate, just in case.

At the PCPD, Laura is annoyed that Spencer let Nikolas take Ace away from Esme. Dante comes out to talk to them about the possible kidnapping, but legally Nikolas does have part custody of Ace, so it’s not necessarily kidnapping. However, he didn’t ask Esme’s permission, so Dante wants to find Nikolas as well as Esme and question them both, especially after Spencer tells him that Esme has her memory back.

Esme visits Heather in Ferncliff (or wherever she is these days) to ask her advice because she has no one else to turn to. Heather advises Esme to leave town, hide and regroup. Then Heather plans to escape, and the two of them can get Ace back from Nikolas together. Esme doesn’t like that idea. She wants to get Ace back right away and take revenge on all those that she feels wronged her.


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You’re looking better. Your health must be improving. Well, thank you, sister. Dropping the charges against Sonny Corinthos has revitalized my spirit. My soul is unburdened, so my body can heal. And what led to this unburdening? Accountability. I acknowledged my role in the attack, how I provoked Sonny at the wrong time instead of giving him grace. If I had simply turned around and walked away, the beating never would have happened. Once I realized that, I was able to let my anger go, and I found peace. Is that why you called me last night and wanted me to be here first thing in the morning? Because you wanted to share this epiphany? I called you because there’s a lost soul in need of your help. [ Door opens ] Welcome, nephew. You’re right on time.

Trina, I told you to take the day off. What the hell do you want, Esme? You’re not welcome here. Look, please, Ava, don’t kick me out. I need your help. Hi, Adam. Where am I? You’re at General Hospital. Why? Because your friend saved your life. Like I said, I am hiring an assistant manager, so I’ll be in touch. Thank you. I hope to hear from you. You look underwhelmed by that last interview. Oh. [ Chuckles ] I’m guessing you’re hiring? You’re perceptive. Yeah. I guess that’s what makes you such a great P.I., huh? [ Chuckles ] Hey, if you’re looking for something new, perhaps I can interest you in the exciting world of shift management. [ Sighs ] Where are you going with that? What are you doing in here? Moving. No. There– There’s been a mistake. You must be on the wrong floor. We’re on the right floor. No, you can’t be, because, get this, this is my office. You know what? You have to leave. You have to leave immediately, and tell that guy to bring my stuff back, or I’m calling security. Lady, we’re just doing our job. Job? What job? Who ordered this? I did. Guys, good work. Why don’t you take a break? Go get yourself a coffee and a muffin. Okay? Thanks. Joe, this one’s for you. What the hell, Drew? You can’t just order me out of my own office. This is trespassing. No, no, Nina, this is business. I own Aurora. Aurora owns Crimson, right? And I know you’re the editor-in-chief of Crimson, but I’m still your boss. Till now. You’re fired.

How’d you find me? Uh, when you didn’t answer when I called, I went by your dorm, and I-I ran into your RA, Kiley. She told me what happened, so I came here and looked around until I found you. Oh, no. My phone died. I’m sorry I didn’t pick up your call. I just — so much was going on. Obviously. I just — Why didn’t you call me when you got here? I didn’t want to bother you. I know how you feel about Adam. I figured you’d had enough. Joss. If you’re going through something, I want to know and help if I can. That’s how this works. Got it? Got it. Come on, let’s go check on Adam, see if he’s awake. I need to apologize to him. What do you have to apologize for? He freaked out because I told the RA he was in trouble. Joss, you don’t have anything to apologize for. The people who need to be apologizing are Adam’s parents. Do you remember anything from last night? No, not really. Just, uh… that I had too much to drink. Just a frat party. Josslyn Jacks found you alone in Rice Park. Oh, uh, sometimes I — when I drink a lot, I-I wander. It’s a really bad habit. You’d also ingested a lot of pills. For a cold. My throat. It’s okay. Just have another sip. I’ll let the doctor fill you in. I’d really like to get back to my dorm. You’ll have to be cleared by the attending before you can be released. When will that be? Why does my throat hurt so much? You had to have your stomach pumped last night. I don’t want to alarm you, Adam, but you’re lucky to be alive. Lucky me. Business is, um, going great. Really great. That’s why I have to hire more staff. I know that’s a really good problem to have, but I just want Bobbie’s to live up to its namesake. You know? What are you talking about? Bobbie’s is thriving because of you. Onward and upward. Thank you. I needed to hear that. I really needed to hear that. [ Chuckles ] Okay. What can I get you? I’m actually gonna wait to order until Drew gets here. Drew. Yeah. You’re meeting him now? Well, actually, like five minutes ago. He’s running late. I hate to break it to you, Sam, but, um, you’re gonna be waiting a long time for Drew. You’re making a big mistake. Maybe. But it’s my mistake to make. Did you honestly think that I would just roll over and accept this? What about Michael? You may own Aurora, but he runs it. What do you think he’ll have to say about this? “Hooray”? You made it. I-I’m grateful you came. Grandmother, I didn’t know that you would be here. Nor I you. What’s going on here, Cyrus? Well, I thought you both should know that I had a visitor late last night. Somebody who needed my help, who was desperate and alone, who felt everything had been taken from her. Esme. Esme? Why would Esme come here? Do you want to explain the rest, or shall I do it for you? Okay, look, enough with the mystery. Somebody better tell me something. I saw my father last night. One too many knocks to the head, Esme? Look, do you think I want to be here asking for your help? Well, at least you didn’t have to break in, right? Now, leave before I call the cops. Haven’t you already done that, Ava? You tried to send me to prison. Oh, funny. That’s where I think criminals belong. Look, Ava, okay? You’re right. [ Chuckles ] What’s that? I should not have broken into Wyndemere, and what you did was entirely justified. What do you want? Just spit it out. Have you seen Nikolas? Why? Have you? No. Then why do you ask? Because he’s kidnapped my son. Nikolas came back to Port Charles? Where is he? He was here last night. He’s already gone. My son came and went without me even knowing? Well [sighs] at least you got to see him. Must have been a shock, though. Did he say why he risked coming back to Port Charles? He, uh… He came here to — to take Ace with him. Oh. And, uh… And I let him. [ Gasps ] You told me about the pressure Adam’s parents are putting on him. No wonder he cracked. I just can’t believe he’s this messed up about his grades. I mean, they’re better than mine, and mine are pretty good. It’s not about his GPA, Joss. He feels shame. For what? For letting his parents down. He wants them to be proud of him. But he acts like he can’t stand them. Just the opposite. Adam loves his parents, and he feels like a failure because he can’t live up to their expectations. Was that how it was for you? Uh, not exactly. If there was any part of me that wanted to please my parents, it got burned out of me pretty early. I only found peace with my family when I walked away. I just hope Adam doesn’t have to make the same choice. He really needs help, doesn’t he? He’s gonna need a good friend. And that is what you’ve been. Let’s go see how he’s doing. I’m sorry I’m so punchy. I just really want to get out of here. I’ll bet. But let’s have the attending check you out first, okay? You’re up. How are you feeling? Are you the attending? I’m Dr. Robinson. I’m the co-chief of staff here. Wow. Okay, then you could definitely sign me out. W-When can I leave? I’ll check on the attending, or I’ll see if Dr. Collins is available. Thank you. Look… I’m really sorry, but last night was just a complete, huge misunderstanding. I’m sorry if I caused a lot of trouble, but my friend Josslyn, she just overreacted. So if you could sign me out, that’d be great. You know, I happen to know Josslyn Jacks, and she doesn’t overreact that much. And neither does the staff here at the hospital. I think it’s pretty clear what happened here. And either way, you’re gonna need to be evaluated by a psychiatrist before you can be discharged. It’s hospital policy. Uh, Dr. Robinson, I… Are you Trina’s mom? I am. She’s told me a lot about you. Well, you’re friends with Trina, so I have to take especially good care of you, right? Yeah. Cool. So… let me out. If after your evaluation, we all agree that what happened last night was just an unfortunate accident, then you can be discharged. And if not, then we’re just gonna have to take the next steps. Next steps? What does that even mean? What, like you’re gonna keep me here or something? Do I have rights? What if I don’t consent to it? No, no, no, no, no. Of course you have rights. Absolutely you do. But some of those rights are determined by your diagnosis. So, listen, we want the absolute best outcome for you. And if it’s determined that you are a threat to yourself or to anyone else, then we can’t let you leave. It’s hospital policy, standard practice. Now, the on-call psychiatric attending, he should be here soon, and your parents — No, no, no! They can’t know. Okay. Okay. Calm down. P-Please, please don’t. It’s all right. No. Please don’t tell them what happened. Nikolas took Ace? When? Yeah, during the hearing. Spencer was supposed to bring Ace to the courthouse, but he never showed up. And then Nikolas came to the apartment and then convinced Spencer to give him my baby. That is unbelievable. But you never saw Nikolas in Port Charles? No, no, no, no. He hid from me like the coward that he is. But I can’t believe he just let Nikolas take Ace. I can’t believe Spencer would betray me like that. I-I thought that we were getting along. I thought that he hated his father. I — Well, like father like son. Right? Self-serving, duplicitous. Yeah, but — but Ace doesn’t even know Nikolas. I mean, he’s gonna be so scared and — and so confused. I mean, Nikolas doesn’t know what Ace likes. I mean, he needs his mother. I-I can’t be without my son. He’s all that I’ve got. It’s a terrible thing to be separated from your child. Yes, so you understand. I do. Unfortunately, I do. But why come to me? I-I thought that Nikolas might not be able to stay away from you. I… Unfortunately. Wait. So I’m right, aren’t I? He came to see you, didn’t he? Yeah. Nikolas was here. Oh, thank God. But Esme, he’s gone now. And you are never gonna find him. You let Nikolas take Ace? How could you do such a thing? I didn’t have a choice. My little brother wasn’t safe with Esme. Oh, come on! She has proven herself to be a good mother, and you know it. Does Esme know? Does she know that Nikolas took her baby? That’s why she came to see me last night. She — She wanted my help tracking Nikolas down. I’m sorry. Why would she think that you would help her? Well, she thinks I have powerful contacts, and she thought I’d be amenable because Nikolas and Ace are my relatives. Of course, I’m related to them through you. I knew I had to do the right thing and — and inform you. And I asked Spencer here so that he could be the one to explain. Oh, because you’re all about my soul, right? And confession being good for it? Well, I would hope so. You’re the one who took a child from his mother. Oh, no, no, no, no, no. I did not take Ace. [ Chuckles ] Oh, no. No. You just handed him over like you were returning a package. How could you do such a thing?! My God, I can only imagine how Esme is feeling right now. And what about you? My God, how could you take a baby from the only family that he knew? Because I love my brother, and I’m not going to allow him to be raised by some psychopath. Oh, come on, you go back to that whenever it is convenient for you. She’s worked hard, hard to overcome — No, no, no, no. You do not understand. I know the truth now. She’s been lying. She remembers. She remembers everything. Adam, we had to call your parents because according to your PCU medical records, they’re your emergency contact. Wait. What did you tell them? I told them that you were here and you had a medical emergency. Did you tell them about the pills or that I — that I tried to hurt myself? Is that what happened, Adam? No, that’s not what happened. It was just an accident. Okay. Adam, here’s the deal. You’re over , so you’re considered to be an adult. So as far as we’re concerned, we can’t share any of your information without your permission, okay? Thank you. But your parents — they’re still gonna have questions. And whether or not last night was an accident, you’re still gonna need a support system in place. So I’m imploring you to please be honest with the doctor that’s gonna evaluate you, be honest with your parents, and most importantly, be honest with yourself.

Is there any word on the psych attending? Who’s covering this morning? Is it Dr. Wallace? He’s still doing rounds in the west wing. He’ll be down soon. How’s Adam? I feel so bad for him. Josslyn said he’s under a lot of pressure at school. I just hope that if Wiley or Amelia ever felt pressured at school, that they’d come to me, you know? I mean, I don’t get it. Kids nowadays, they have so much pressure on them — the bullying, the isolation, school shootings, everything that’s going on in the world. Depression and anxiety — they are an epidemic for this generation. And it just — it breaks my heart. Dr. Robinson, is Adam awake yet? Josslyn, hi. I-I didn’t know that you were here. Did you sleep here last night? I just want to make sure Adam’s okay. He’s awake. He cannot have any visitors right now. That’s really all I can tell you. [ Elevator bell dings ]

Yeah, I’m here to see Adam Wright. He was brought in last night. I want to see my son. Drew mentioned that he had a meeting, um, at — at Aurora this morning. But we’ve had this on the books for over a week. Yeah, I think it was last minute. I’m sure he just forgot. I mean, Drew would never leave you hanging. [ Chuckles ] Or so I thought. Never say never, I guess, huh? What does that mean? Drew and I have been out of step lately, and that’s why I scheduled this meeting, to see if we could iron some things out. Is this about the situation with Scout’s school? Look, I don’t believe he meant to undercut you. No, actually, we — we resolved that issue. But things are still really tense, and they have been since he got home from Pentonville. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. You know what? Never mind. Forget it. No, no, don’t do that. Talk to me. Tell me what’s going on. Well, you spend probably the most time with Drew. Since he’s been back, haven’t you noticed that he’s changed? Yeah, as you just pointed out, Michael only runs Aurora. I happen to own it. So I get the final say. Oh, I get it. So either Michael disagrees with your decision to fire me and run Crimson into the ground, or he doesn’t know. See, Michael may have Sonny’s last name, and he may hate me, but he’s a Quartermaine through and through. He doesn’t let his personal feelings interfere with the balance sheet. Yeah, don’t forget that I’m a Quartermaine, too. Then maybe you should take a page out of your nephew’s book! I have run a tight, profitable ship for years! I saved Crimson from bankruptcy when Julian Jerome tried to run it into the ground and use it as a tax write-off. Now Crimson is one of the top fashion magazines in the country. It is Aurora’s flagship title, and it is my baby! Speaking of, what kind of father tanks his company and destroys his child’s legacy? Isn’t Scout a major shareholder? Don’t you dare bring my daughter into this. Drew had a horrific experience in — in Pentonville, he did. And — And he’s struggling right now, he is. And I think that’s to be expected. And just when he was getting his bearings, we found out that Nina was the one who called the SEC on us. And that very same night, we found out that my mother died, so I think he’s angry. And I’m angry, you know? Yeah, I-I understand that. But Drew is angry at the world. You — you’re directing your anger toward Nina, rightfully so. Yeah, well, my instincts are telling me to fight back, strike back, but I just — I don’t know. I-I want to be more like my mom. You know, I want to focus on what’s important. And right now, keeping her legacy alive and honoring her is so important to me. And I’m trying, and I-I hope I’m succeeding. But I don’t know. Bobbie would be really proud of you right now, Carly. Yeah. Thank you. But Bobbie also gave people second chances, Sam. Maybe that’s what we need to do for Drew. We need to give him some grace and double down on our support. No, I-I hear you, and don’t get me wrong, I would do anything to support Drew, aside from the issue we have with Scout and the school. But if there is any way that I can help him, I will. And if you have any idea on how I can do that, I’m listening. [ Sighs ] What did I ever do to you, Nina? Did — Did I harm you in some way? No, no, it wasn’t about you. It was always about Carly. Yeah, but two people were reported to the SEC, right? So…did you just forget about me? You didn’t care that I was collateral damage? You didn’t care that I had just got back into my daughter’s life, and then I was ripped away again right after I helped save your daughter’s life?! So you just care about your daughter, not mine? Is that what — Okay, I’m sorry! I am sorry, and I was very grateful. I didn’t know that you would be the one to go to prison. No. You didn’t want to know, Nina. You didn’t care. You were just so hell-bent on destroying Carly. But you know what I think? I think so much of this — I think it’s insecurity. What are you talking about? Well, yeah, Wiley and Amelia — they love Carly. There’s so much closer to Carly than they are to you. Willow, too, for that matter. And — And Sonny and Carly. Their bond is dysfunctional, but it’s also unbreakable. And I don’t think you can stand that, so you wanted to get Carly out of the picture. You wanted her out by any means possible. Okay, can you just stop talking, please? Yes! Yes, I did what I did, and I won’t deny it, but I think this is a perfect opportunity for you to acknowledge your part, Drew. You are responsible for putting yourself at risk! Carly’s investment was a well-intentioned act of support. There was no nefarious motive whatsoever. You, on the other hand, man, you just wanted to take her out. And now… I want to take you out. I’m gonna give you fair warning. Don’t use all these feelings to influence your business decisions. Talk to Legal. You can’t just fire me. I may not own the company, but without me, there is no magazine. Yeah, you’re not telling me anything that I don’t know, Nina. Are you telling me that you would shutter Crimson just to get rid of me? I’m telling you that I will do anything to make you pay for what you’ve done. Excuse me, sir. I’m Dr. Robinson, the co-chief of staff here. Where’s Adam? Is he okay? He’s resting, and he still needs to be seen by an attending. [ Chuckles ] He drank too much and made a fool of himself. Does that really require further consultation? Well, it requires us to be thorough as possible. Hmm. Look, I don’t want you running up our bill with all kinds of extra charges, okay? Adam’s already squandered the money we’ve invested in his education with this foolishness, which is exactly what we were afraid of. Now [clears throat] when can I take my son home? Why don’t I go check his status? Dr. Robinson, Adam cannot go. He needs to stay here and get help. He absolutely cannot go home. Why is that? Young lady, what do you know about my son that I don’t? Did you help Nikolas kidnap my son? I did no such thing! I would never do anything like that. Well, then, why was he here? Why did he come looking for you? Did he — Did he want you to help him to get me out of the way? Like… Is that why you pressed charges against me? Esme, that’s ridiculous. I didn’t know that you’d broken into Wyndemere. I didn’t know that Laura was gonna convince you to confess to it. Look, just — just — just tell me how to find Nikolas, please. I can’t. He’s a Cassadine. He’s got money, he’s got resources, he’s got private islands. If Laura couldn’t find him, do you really think you’ll be able to? Well, I’m not giving up on my son. I-I have resources, too. You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into. And your resources can’t possibly compete or compare. Do I look helpless to you? I will do whatever it takes to find my son. You know, maybe I have a dangerous ally of my own. Oh, really? Like who? Cyrus Renault. Esme told me that Spencer threatened to have the old charges reinstated against her. When I questioned her, she wouldn’t say how this might be possible. Because she doesn’t want anyone to know that she’s regained her memory. But how do you know that, Spencer? Because of the little things that she was saying. I was with her before her arraignment at the PCPD, and… she kept going back to how everyone hated her and how she felt like she was the one who was being persecuted, and then I pointed out to her, I said, “These are things that sound like the old Esme.” And as soon as I said that, she backed off. Well, how would you expect her to react? I mean, she confessed, and — and she expressed true remorse over what was really a Class “A” misdemeanor. And still, Ava had to press charges. She said that Ava wants her to pay for what she supposedly did to Trina. As though Ava and Trina are overreacting, and she is somehow the one being persecuted in this situation. I’m sorry, Spencer, I don’t see this as proof that she’s regained her memory. She called me “Spence.” Excuse me? That’s what she used to call me back when we were together. She called me “Spence.” She hasn’t used that name for me since she lost her memory. Okay, so, uh, she called you by your nickname. [ Chuckles ] And then when I told her that my father had taken Ace, she said that she was going to the police and she was gonna report the kidnapping. And I said — I threatened her, and I said that, “If you do that, then I’m going to have — I’m gonna tell the police that you have your memory back and they’re going to reopen the investigation.” And then as soon as she heard that, she — she seemed like she couldn’t risk it. Maybe she couldn’t risk being thought of as a suspect when she is so desperate to try to get her son back. Oh, my God, Spencer. You gave Ace away based on a suspicion, not based on something you knew and certainly not on anything you could prove. No, I do know that Esme has regained her memory. Yeah, I-I’m sorry to interrupt, but memory or not, Esme is still going after her son. If she came to me asking for my help, who else is she going to go to? And if Esme’s successful, what will she do when she finds Nikolas? I think the best thing we can do for Drew is just to be honest with each other and to keep talking and to give him some time, you know? I mean, I’m gonna do everything I can on my end. Okay. But just so you know, you’re not alone in this. There are plenty of people here who care about Drew. But what happened to Drew is on me. Look, I’m the one who bought the Aurora stock because I had to inflate the price, even after Drew told me not to over and over again. And he took the fall just to protect me. He insisted on doing that, Carly. Yes, but he wouldn’t have been faced with that choice if it weren’t for me to begin with. So I am going to do everything I can to make up for it. Okay. As long as helping him doesn’t come at your own expense. ‘Cause that’s the last thing he would want. What about the staff? What about them? They are hardworking, they’re loyal, some of the best in the business. You are willing to lay off all of those people just to get back at me? Well, that’s on you, Nina. You sign this termination agreement right here, or Crimson, with all its staff, is going out of business. Mr. Cain, should we start loading the boxes on the freight elevator? Yeah, I’ll have a look. I’ll give you a moment to think about it.

Time’s up. You gonna sign? Or are you dragging Crimson down with you? Josslyn found Adam in the park yesterday and called emergency services. You found him? Or you were out drinking with him? Josslyn wasn’t drinking. She went to look for Adam because she was concerned for him. Adam was alone and nearly passed out. We’ve been concerned about his behavior for quite a while. Really? And this incident proves Adam’s just not mature enough to live on his own. It’s not a question about maturity. Adam needs help. Look, I appreciate your concern, and I’m “grateful” you called for help when you did, but I’ll take it from here. You don’t understand. Adam has been hiding everything from you because he’s afraid of what you’ll do. Why would he be afraid? His mother and I only want the best for him. He just feels so much pressure. Adam has a very promising career ahead of him. He had the test scores to get into PCU. He’s maintained a . up until now. If he stays on track, he’ll be admitted to a top-tier medical school. But now he’s drinking and partying and squandering everything his mother and I have worked hard to give him. He’s not partying. He’s self-medicating, having panic attacks. Okay, okay, Josslyn, thank you very much. I-I think I can take it from here. Why don’t you go home and get some rest? Now, who do I have to speak to to remove my son? Come on, let’s just let the hospital handle this, okay? Yeah. You’ve done your part. Now, please, leave. This doesn’t concern you. It should concern you that your son tried to kill himself last night. I’ve got to alert the police. Grandmother, if you do that, then the FBI could get involved and who knows who else? Plus, if my father is captured, then Ace is going to be returned to Esme. [ Sighs ] Spencer, we don’t even know if she has regained her memory or not. And if she has, she still might do the right thing by her son. I agree with Laura. I believe in the power of redemption. Well, I don’t. Esme’s redemption is fake. And why are you still believing her? Are you really choosing Esme’s well-being over Ace’s? I am being realistic, and the reality is, Spencer, that Ace would be safer if he were with you and me. You should have stopped your father. I don’t understand why you didn’t come to me with your suspicions. I mean, I would have listened to you. We — We could have gone to the police together and made Esme face the things that she’s done. And what about my father? Should I have reported him as well? [ Sighs ] No, Spencer, I would never ask you to turn your own father in. But I know that Ace should be with us while all of this other stuff is getting sorted out. And what if it got “sorted out” in Esme’s favor? As far as I’m concerned, my father just saved Ace’s life. Okay, don’t get me wrong. Don’t get me wrong. I am glad that you’re starting to realize that your father is not the heartless man that you have made him out to be. But, Spencer, he has demonstrated some spectacularly bad judgment here. And so have you. Your father’s on the run. He’s being pursued by the authorities. That little baby has never been in more danger. -Josslyn, that’s enough. -Let’s just go. Please. Adam took a pack full of antihistamines and washed it down with vodka. He knew what he was doing. He’s so afraid of you, he’d rather not live than face you. You’re lying. Don’t you even care? You pushed and you pushed until he reached his breaking point. I want her gone now! And if this girl comes within feet of Adam, I’ll sue. Okay, okay. That’s unnecessary. She’s tired. She hasn’t slept all night. And she is leaving right now. Listen, um, why don’t we go to my office and I can explain everything that’s going on with Adam, and we can wait for the attending there?

Dr. Robinson won’t let anything happen to Adam. Anything you say is just gonna antagonize Adam’s father. Because he refuses to see the truth. He’s not gonna listen to you, Joss. But if you’re not here, he might listen to Dr. Robinson. Promise me you’ll keep an eye on Adam. I promise. Okay, then.

Cyrus Renault? You’re joking. He’s gonna help me find my son. Why? Well, because he cares about his family. Esme, you’re not his family. Ace may be a part of his family, but you are not. But he promised. He promised what, exactly? Nothing. He promised me nothing. [ Crying ] My — My son is — is kidnapped. No one will help me, and I am — I’m all alone. What? Esme, just wait! Just — Just stay away from me! Thank you for, uh — for coming to me, to us, about Esme. We’re family, Laura. Where else would I go?

Do you see now? Esme went to Cyrus for help. Isn’t that proof that she can’t be trusted? It’s proof that she’s desperate and she’ll do anything to get her baby back. Fine. Both can be true. Yes. This is Mayor Collins. I’d like to speak to Detective Falconeri. No, Grandmother, you can’t do this. Stop it! I have to do it. It’s urgent. Dante, it’s Laura. My grandson Ace has been taken.

I’m surprised you gave in so quickly. Well, like I said, Crimson is my baby, and I’ll do anything to save her and do anything for the employees, even if it means giving up everything that I care about. Do you really think that I would sabotage Aurora’s flagship title? For you? Crimson was always gonna be just fine. Oh. So this was your plan all along — to manipulate my sense of duty to my employees. Or maybe I knew that you just couldn’t pass up on an opportunity to play martyr. Poor Nina. You know, my employees are gonna lose their jobs eventually anyway. Former employees. This magazine is nothing without me. Do you really think you’re gonna be able to keep the photographers, the designers, the advertisers? The editorial staff will quit immediately. I made this magazine! This is my magazine! I’m irreplaceable! And yet I have already replaced you. [ Footsteps approaching ]

Nina, meet Crimson’s new editor-in-chief.

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This feels a little too familiar. Well… Turnabout’s fair play. Well, it was about a year ago when you accused me of playing God with Willow’s life… because I had hidden the fact that Nina was Willow’s mother. I was terrified, and I was desperate. I never should have said what I said. No, no, no, don’t do that. Don’t do that. You accused me of making a very crucial decision without considering the consequences for anyone. And you were right. [ Hushed ] Finally. [ Normal voice ] Yeah, and now, I kept the truth about Nina being the SEC informant to myself, knowing that information would affect you and Drew and Willow and so many others, but I should have — I should have seen this blowing up, I — I didn’t. Yeah, well, when we’re protecting our family, we can all have tunnel vision. Come on, Mom. I mean, just say it — I chose Dad’s happiness over yours. And I’m also a giant hypocrite. [ Sighs ] Are you tired or just full? [ Chuckles ] Content. Mm. This was really nice and long overdue. That’s on me. Mm. I realize you have a lot on your plate right now. [ Cellphone chimes ] And so do I. A Deputy Mayor’s work is never finished. Mm. Something like that. I’m glad your new role is fulfilling, but I hope you’re leaving room for a personal life. Are you asking about my love life? More like hoping you’ll have time to babysit, because if everything went according to plan, your grandchild was conceived today. [ Chuckles ] [ Knock on door ] Greetings, stranger. Remember me? Blaze. What are you doing here? I thought you had another out-of-town stop on your tour. I did, but then a blizzard knocked out the power at the venue. So if you don’t have any plans tonight, how about it? Can you come out and play? [ Chuckles ]

Hi, Drew. Anna. Scotch, neat. Make it a double. Oh. Tough day at the office? Tough decade. And every time I think it’s taking a turn for the better, the universe just kind of shuts that down. I’m sorry. No, I’m… I’m sorry. You’re sitting here, you’re having a drink, you’re enjoying your book, and I just lay that on you and bring you down. Can I get another one here, please, on me? It’s okay. You didn’t bring me down. Kind of just made me realize how much I relate to everything you just said. Wake up. I need your help. Esme? Yes, obviously. What are you doing here? Well, I had nowhere else to go. Why? Wha– what’s the matter? Well, my baby’s gone. He’s been kidnapped by his own father.

Kristina underwent intrauterine insemination today. Oh, wow. Congratulations. Thank you. I’ll be praying the procedure was successful. You and me both. Yeah, I can’t believe that it’s — it’s finally going to happen, even though we didn’t get here the way I thought we would, because in no world did I think that Kristina would be our surrogate, much less our egg donor. Yeah, I know it took some time to get comfortable with that. It did, until I sat down with Kristina, just the two of us, and we talked it all out. I got a real understanding of her thoughts and her feelings about the whole thing. Kristina is as prepared as she can be emotionally and physically, which is more than some people can say, right? Absolutely. Then why are you so quiet? You’re not weighing in nearly as much as Molly’s mother. Are you — are you comfortable with Kristina being our surrogate? It’s not up to me. I know. But I’m asking… what do you really think? I was actually just — I was planning on having an easy night in tonight. Well, that sounds a lot better than anything thrown together by someone who just showed up at your door. Um, any chance you feel like having some company? Um, sure. Yeah, yeah. Come on in. I’m not a great chef or anything, but I was gonna make some pasta. I’m happy to — Oh, look, you don’t have to entertain or play hostess. I was excited about seeing you, and I totally forgot common courtesy. I should have called first, I apologize. No, it’s okay. No, it’s not. But in my defense, it hasn’t been the easiest to get you on the phone lately. Yeah. No, I know, I just — I’ve, um — I’ve been really busy. Yeah, you’ve got a lot going on. I know that. Yeah. But can I ask you a question? Okay. Why does it feel like you’ve started pulling away? I went to Laura’s apartment to pick up Ace, and Spencer was there, and he told me that he wanted to talk, and I should have realized what he was doing. I should have realized he was just stalling me, but… I’m not sure I understand. Yeah, well, understand this — while I was in a courtroom because of some stupid broken window at Wyndemere, he was conspiring with his father to steal my baby. This doesn’t sound like Spencer. Yes, yes, it does. Look, you don’t know the real Spencer or the real Nikolas. Well, what did the police say? Well, I haven’t called the police because Spencer told me that if I called the cops, then he would have my old charges reinstated against me. Well, that’s not Spencer’s call. Well, he’ll convince the DA. I don’t know how. As I understand it, you could easily sway a jury based on your memory loss. So how could Spencer hold that against you? Has something changed? I knew I couldn’t cut off Nina completely because Willow would be suspicious, so… I thought containing Nina would mitigate the damage. Blackmail for the greater good? You know, if that makes me a hypocrite, so be it. I’ve been called worse. I think that makes you your mother’s son. [ Sighs ] Come on. No one knows why you did the things you did better than me. Although I can’t pretend that it doesn’t hurt that you knew what Nina had done and you still kept it all to yourself. No, no — because I thought I was lessening the hurt by keeping quiet. How? For Willow, mostly. And my dad, he — he seemed happy in his marriage, and you and Drew seemed like you were moving on, and… That’s all true, but you forgot the lesson we both learned about keeping secrets last year. Even with the best of intentions, keeping things buried have unintended consequences. Yeah, and nothing ever stays buried. I’ve been really busy with — um, you know, with my youth center and everything with my sister and work. Okay, you’ve got a lot going on. Yeah. So you’ve said. Kristina, come on. I’ve obviously done something to hurt your feelings, and I never want to do that, so help me. I pulled away because you pulled away. When? At Rice Plaza. We were, uh… talking about our family traditions, and… Well, okay, yeah. So you said your presents a year ago were a pepper spray holster and free legal advice. Yeah, among other things, but… we were, uh… our hands sort of… found each other, and, uh… it was really nice. Then Brook Lynn and Chase came, and you literally dropped my hand like it was on fire. I didn’t realize I did that. Well, you did. Look, I know there’s certain things that you haven’t shared with your family… but I just… Look, that hurt. [ Sighs ] I’m so sorry. Thank you. Do you think that maybe part of that is because you are not out to your family, and so…? Look, I’m not used to public displays of affection, okay? I never have been. My performance life is in the public eye. I share so much of myself with my music. I just — I want to keep my private life for me. No, I get that, I do, I — I understand that your life is more complicated than mine that way, and that’s fine, but when I like someone, I like to show it, and I like when they do, too. I’d love to be more like you, but old habits die hard. It may take a bit before I’m comfortable being as public as you are. Can you be a little patient? I don’t know. After everything you and Molly went through, I got the impression you both wanted to take a break to process and regroup before you tried again. We both thought that waiting was the best option, but once Kristina volunteered to be our surrogate, Molly and I agreed that it wouldn’t be fair to ask Kristina to put her life on hold for us indefinitely. Besides, is there ever really a right time to have a child? If you wait for everything to be perfect, you’ll wait forever, right? Well, I can’t answer that. Is this the right decision? I’ll answer your question with one of my own. Would my opinion change your mind? No. Okay, well, if it wasn’t clear, how your child comes into this world will never change how much I love them. Got it? Got it. And I do love that you value my opinion, and I appreciate how thoughtful you are with every aspect of your life. Now, if you ever truly feel you need my take on something, I’ll give it to you, but from where I’m sitting, you’re doing just fine determining your own destiny, and I couldn’t be prouder. And a part of me wishes I’d never gone looking for the truth. Oh, come on, would you really be happier not knowing while Nina was settling in to her happily ever after with your dad, getting closer to Willow after everything she’s done? Come on. You’re right, you’re right, you’re right. Yeah, I needed to know. I just regret the way I handled the information. And to top it all off, I hurt the two most important women in my life. I’ll survive. Yeah, Mom, you deserve better. Especially from me. I mean, you’ve always had my back. No matter how many times I’ve screwed up, I always knew you loved me unconditionally. Yeah. That’ll never change. Well, even if the man that you love doesn’t feel the same way? I just feel like a stranger to myself lately. Angry… but impulsive? Yeah. How did you know? Well, I feel the same, you know. I guess a lot’s happened to us both since Greenland, huh? I heard. I heard it — I heard about your house being burned down, and — and I heard about… about the other incident. You know, Drew, this — this life I’ve chosen… I’ve seen a lot of terrible things… some of which I’ve been responsible for myself.

But… shooting that young girl… Charlotte… that was the worst moment of my life. Must have been devastating. Yeah. I don’t have words. I really don’t. [ Exhales sharply ] I’ve just been cycling through so many different emotions, you know? That is — is exhausting, isn’t it? Oh, it is. It’s exhausting. And then when you think about the people that you believe that you know the best, and then you find out that they are unrecognizable, just… that hurts. And it makes you feel so naive and stupid. And very, very sad. But I think mostly what I feel right now is anger. Oh… I don’t remember the last time I saw Drew lose his cool like that. Yeah, that doesn’t happen a lot. Hey, Mom, I’m sorry I put you in such a tough position. Oh, come on. I mean, Drew’s mad, but it’s not all about you. You know, he’s — he’s struggling. You know, he’s going through a lot since he got attacked in Pentonville, so… Yeah. Well, no one ever comes out of Pentonville the same person they were when they went in. But you know, he’ll — he’ll move past it, you know, with some honesty and support, maybe talking to somebody. He’ll be able to move past what happened to him in Pentonville. Yeah, yeah. I mean, of course it might take a little time, but Drew’s an amazing man, and he’s not the only one. Yeah, yeah. Not so amazing lately. Come on. I’ll talk to Drew. [ Sighs ] Seriously, Mom, I don’t know how to thank you for your love and forgiveness. I’m always going to forgive you, and I’m always going to love you. Know that, okay? Your apology tour is not over. You’re going to have to make things right with Willow. There’s nothing more important than your wife and your children. And look at me. You cannot let Nina damage this family more than she already has. I’m sorry to interrupt, but Wiley’s asking for his daddy. Oh, thank you. The, uh — The kids are upstairs because Willow’s working a late shift. Haven’t really seen much of them lately. Oh, go. Go tuck in your son, and give them a hug from their grandmother. Okay. Thank you. Yeah.

So how did you do it? How did you — how did you shake the anger? I’ll let you know when I do. Did you know that anger is really just a byproduct of fear? Is it? Yeah. So it’s a symptom? Yeah, I think so, according to my book, yeah. Huh… Any other nuggets of wisdom in here? Yeah, I’m sure, perhaps. I mean, I’m only on chapter one. Um, my focus is — is a bit off these days. Uh, in fact, I think I read one page about three times, but I did grasp that sort of anger-fear connection thing. Maybe the fourth time is the charm. Yeah, maybe. Yeah. I’m just biding time ’til my friend gets here. I don’t know where they are. Yeah, well, it looks like you got a little bit of time to give that page another shot. Yeah. You know… I wonder whether an antidote to betrayal is a kind of fellowship, in a way. Ah, you might be onto something there. Yeah. Yeah, your company has been more medicinal than my scotch. That’s for sure. [ Chuckles ] “Medicinal”? I’ve ever been called “medicinal” before. No, it’s true, it’s true. Talking to you, I — I — I realize that I got to get the toxicity out of my life. Yeah. You let me know how that goes. [ Cellphone chimes ] Okay, who is blowing up my mama’s phone? [ Chuckles ] I am working on a special project. For the mayor’s office? With the mayor’s permission. But the project is off the books. Got it. Say no more. Yeah, well, it’s no secret from you. Curtis and I have been looking into a shooting. These alerts I’m getting could be my first solid lead. Promise me you’ll be careful. I have no idea what’s going on in Spencer’s mind, but all I know is that I have no faith that the PCPD will help me get my son back from the mayor’s son. I’m sorry. I was under the impression that my sister has been good to you and little Ace. Laura is the reason I am in this situation. She told me to turn myself in and insisted that I get a slap on the wrist, and then Ava pressed charges. Well, perhaps it’s time that you turned to my brother, Martin. He’s a lawyer. Yeah, he’s my lawyer. He was at my hearing. But a lawyer is not going to do me any good. There’s no way I can find Nikolas through traditional channels. Well, he’s also very resourceful. Look, even if Laura and Martin can help me get Ace back, it won’t do me any good if I am behind bars. So you don’t actually fear for little Ace’s safety. This is less a matter of protection and more about possession. Am I being lectured by an ex-con? [ Chuckles ] You sought me out. Besides, a rap sheet doesn’t preclude morality. Or motherhood, right? Right. Which is why I am appealing to your better angels. [ Scoffs ] What makes you think you can trust me? Look, I have no idea what it’s like to be a public figure, so I can’t even pretend to relate to your sensitivities there. I’m glad. I wouldn’t want that for you. If I were dating someone in the public eye, I — I would be willing to make some compromises, but it would really depend on what they were. Look, Blaze, I’ve… It took me a lot of time and a lot of work to get to where I am today, to live authentically my truth, and I’m never going to go back to anything less than that. Okay, so if I try to do better and am conscious of my attitudes and behaviors, can — can we just pick up where we left off? That might be kind of tough. My life is about to majorly change. I mean, you — you mean with the youth center opening? I just… That and this. As of this afternoon, I might be pregnant. This is major. No wonder you’re lying low tonight. How are you feeling? Fine. How are you feeling? I mean, it’s not a total surprise. You made it very clear that you were going to be your sister’s surrogate. Yeah, but now, it’s a reality. Yeah… But people get pregnant all the time, and they find ways to hang out with other people. So will we. At least that’s what we talked about. Right, but now that it’s actually happening, it’s… it’s a little hard to see how we can juggle that and be together, right? Maybe. Well, here we are. Uh, look, it’s — it’s been so great getting to know you, Blaze. Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Hang on. So our timing isn’t perfect. I’ve missed you, Kristina. And I like you a lot, a lot. Yeah, I like you a lot, too, I just… I — I don’t know if that’s going to be enough. I feel so stupid. I should have picked up on the distance between us sooner, but it sounds like you’ve made up your mind. I’m not sure of much these days, which is why I think it’s probably best that we just, uh, call it. I guess so.

I should have held your hand at Rice Plaza and never let go.

I’ll, um — I’ll — I’ll see you around. Sounds good.

Hey, um, it’s me. I just — I just wanted to tell you that I loved you. Wiley’s upstairs playing with the truck that Nina got him, and it took everything I had not to chuck it out the window, along with everything else associated with that woman. Right, okay, okay. But you know what? Being out of the family is going to kill Nina, and she has no one to blame but herself. Yeah, right, Mom — but is that justice? I mean, you and I both know that Drew was just collateral damage. I mean, she went to the SEC to get you sent to prison. I know. I know that, but now, everyone knows that. And for me, the silver lining is I don’t have to coexist with Nina anymore. I don’t have to bite my tongue around her. I don’t have to serve her at my restaurant. I mean, I don’t have to listen to another sappy speech about why the two of us need to get along. I hate her for what she did to Drew, but now, I don’t have to pretend otherwise. Wait, you don’t want payback? Yes, I want payback. But I want peace of mind more. Since my mother passed, I realize that closure only comes from letting go. And I am ready to move on. I suggest you do the same.

You know, I don’t really have a picture of what my life looks like after the WSB. You know what — what you would want it to look like? Well, I mean, I thought I did, yeah. But now, you know… Well, there’s no clock, you know. You don’t have to put pressure on yourself. That’s very good advice. I don’t suppose you’d take it, would you? Hmm… [ Cellphone rings ] It’s Carly. She’s probably wondering where I am. That’s really nice… to have someone wonder. You know, it’s been my experience that after you ignore the first call, it just gets easier and easier to ignore the rest. You and I, right? We both have a lot of questions that we want to answer for ourselves. But you have one thing for sure that I don’t. And what’s that? You have someone who loves and wants to support you. Look, I don’t trust you. Not for a second. I don’t trust anybody. For all I know, Laura could have known about Nikolas’s plans. You’re accusing my sister of being a party to a kidnapping. Look, I’m saying that I need help. There must be something that you can do. Look, when I met you in the visiting room at Pentonville, you told me that you cared about family. Were those just empty words? Look, Ace is your family, and he’s also mine, and he has been taken from me. He has been taken from both of us. Are you going to let that stand? There’s nothing to worry about. I’m taking precautions. I hope so. I am, especially now that Curtis is focused on his recovery and can’t provide backup. You’re not going to forget that you’re not the top cop anymore? Well, it’s not something you forget. And if I discover anything that even flirts with putting me in danger, I will turn over the investigation officially. [ Cellphone chimes ] Go, take care of your investigation — safely. No danger flirting. Ah, okay. None of that. I’d ask which one of us is the parent, but I guess I can’t say that for much longer.

I don’t know if you’re in there or not or if you even exist yet, but… hi, it’s me, your auntie Kristina. The crazy one. I am a mess. Clearly. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be talking to you, but… You might be the only person who heard what just happened, so please just tell me if I did the right thing or not. [ Knock on door ]

[ Clears throat ]

Look, my own means are greatly reduced. But I do still know people who can make discreet inquiries on your behalf, and if there’s a trail, they will pick it up. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Um, what’s the next step? Well, I make a phone call. That’s it? That’s all you can do? No, I — I — I could also pray with you. Hey, there’s the man I adore. Hi. Looks like you found some good company. I did indeed. [ Chuckles ] I didn’t get a chance to say, Carly, that that service for your mother was really beautiful, and we’re all going to miss her so much. Thank you. And yeah, we are. [ Chuckles ] All right. Excuse me. I’m going to call my friend, see where they are. It was nice talking to you. Nice talking to you. Yeah. Have a nice night. Yeah, you too. Carly: Hey. Thank you. Thank you for calling me back. Um, I want to tell you that I — I — I know why you’re mad at Michael. And he should have told us the truth. I wish he would have. But, you know, I’ve — I’ve made some missteps myself when it came to protecting my family from Nina, so I really do understand. Michael and I will have to hash this out, and — and we will. But the — the bulk of my anger, that is — that is reserved for Nina. Oh, God. Join the club. The failed merger and your investment — that would never have been on the SEC’s radar if it wasn’t for her. Her actions left me at the mercy of that judge, and violent prisoners took me away from my daughter, my only child, Carly. I know, I know. I understand all that, I really do. I just — you know, it’s like I told Michael — there is a silver lining. There is. We don’t have to pretend to play nice with Nina anymore. We can put Nina in the rear view. Not me.

Michael: Hey. Um, I — I didn’t expect you back so soon. I’ll, uh — I’ll get out of your way. Michael, wait. How are you doing? I know you had to have some rough conversations today. Yeah, I, uh — I got quite the beating from Drew, which I deserved, and, uh, well, my mom gave me grace and understanding, which I really, really appreciated. I want you to know that I didn’t tell Carly or Drew anything about your part in this. I know, I know. It was Nina. Nina approached me at the hospital, Carly and Drew found us, and it didn’t take Nina seconds to throw in their faces that you had known the truth for months. Now do you understand why I went to the lengths that I did to protect you from her? I do. And that’s the problem. Nina’s petty, vindictive, envious because — let’s be real — she wanted to send your mother to prison so that she couldn’t be a grandmother to Wiley and Amelia or competition for Sonny. My mother is manipulative, insecure, and a liar, and I had the right to know that. [ Sighs ] I don’t know, Willow. I — I knew how hurt you’d be. Like I said, I was just trying to protect you. I don’t want your protection. I want the truth from you, Michael. Always. Nina’s awful, but that does not absolve you. Well, I’m not looking for absolution here, Willow. I’m — I’m looking for forgiveness. That can’t happen overnight. It can’t happen if we’re apart like this. Michael, I am too tired to get into this right now. Okay, then when? Mommy, Daddy, is it time to go home?

So you can tell me where the gun came from? All right. Name the time and place. Okay. Got it. Excuse me. Is there something I can help you with? I can help myself. Going somewhere?

You’re back. I thought I heard you talking to someone. I can go if you have company — No, no, no, I, uh — I don’t know if I, uh, have company or not yet. [ Chuckles ] Did you forget something? Not exactly. I just wanted to say that you may be right about everything, okay? Maybe I’m not ready. Maybe you do have too much going on. Maybe this won’t work, but how will we know if we don’t try? We won’t. I’m not a quitter, and I get the feeling that you don’t like what-ifs any more than I do. So… what do you think? Will you take a chance with me? It depends. On? What’s in the bag. [ Chuckles ] All the ingredients for the dinner that I’ll make while you relax. I did a quick internet search on foods to avoid after an IUI, so there’s nothing processed, spicy, or hard to digest. I promise. I’m going to guess there’s no wine in there either, then. No, but you did mention that you did want to try coquito one day, so I got some stuff to make some. Minus the rum. Wow. You thought of everything. Is it enough?

What are you doing up? It’s way past your bedtime. Daddy never came back up to read to me. I didn’t, did I? Well, you know what? If you’re still interested, I can read you a story now. Yes. Can we do it at our house? I like our house better than this one. Yeah, so do I. Then why haven’t you been home, Daddy? Uh, you know what? I — I’ve just been a little busy with work, but, you know, how about I carry you and Amelia to the gatehouse, and, um, I can read you a story there? Yes, please. Will you stay with us tonight? Um, you know, probably — probably not tonight. Then when will we all be together again? No offense — I’m not going to waste time praying when I could be doing.


Uh, apologies for the late hour, but when you get this message, please come see me right away. It’s of vital importance. Nina needs to pay for the damage that she caused us and our families. I agree. And someday, I hope she will. Not someday — now, and I know exactly how to make her pay. Hey, Jordan. It’s me. I’m at Charlie’s Pub. I thought you’d be here by now. You know, if you can’t make it, just let me know. Call me back. Bye.

What do you want? Money? It’s best for everyone if Deputy Mayor Ashford leaves her pepper spray in her purse. Who are you? We’re going to need you to come with us. I’m not going anywhere until you identify yourselves. We’ll save the introductions for the ride. [ Exhales sharply ]

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