GH Transcript Wednesday 9/20/17

General Hospital Transcript Wednesday 9/20/17

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Episode #13892 ~ Carly confronts Michael about Nelle's motives; Nelle receives some unexpected advice from Kiki; Kristina has second thoughts about Parker and tells her the truth.

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[Mid-tempo music plays, indistinct conversations in Monaco]

Finn: Have I told you that I'm helping you because you're blackmailing me?

Anna: Not for the last few minutes.

Finn: Well, then, I'm due. The only reason why I'm helping you is because --

Anna: Oh, come on. Who doesn't want to grow up to be a secret agent?

Finn: The one who wanted to grow up to be an infectious disease specialist.

Anna: [Sighs] Oh, stop whining just for a minute and remember that this is all for the greater good. Back there. See? There. That's our target. She's got a bob and a pattern dress, right?

Finn: Okay. I see her.

Anna: Yeah.

Finn: What do I do?

Anna: I'll go in first. Wait three minutes, then follow.

Finn: Then what?

Anna: Oh, you'll know what to do.

Finn: Wait! You --

[Door opens]

Kiki: That's it.

Kristina: Yay. Thank you.

Kiki: Yeah.

Kristina: Sam was so focused on getting Jason into long-term care, she left her jacket in the ICU. So, how are you? How's the med-school fast track going?

Kiki: [Chuckles] It's like walking a tightrope. I'm afraid to look down 'cause I don't want to freeze. Who exactly thought I could do this?

Kristina: You did. As long as you believe in yourself, who cares what anyone else thinks?

Kiki: That is so true. Sometimes, you just have to do what you know is right, even if people don't get it, you got to follow your heart.

Parker: So, this is the world and class that Jane Austen inhabited. Now, unfortunately, we can't just hop in a tardis and jump back in time to 18th-century England.

Student: Why not?

Parker: [Chuckles] Well... we have the next best thing, because through Austen's work, we get to see her world. And we can see how seriously class and gender distinctions mattered to people back then.

Student: Don't class and gender distinctions still matter?

Parker: Very much. Yes, good point. But they manifest in different ways. Even though the world has changed, the people, her characters, what they wanted and why -- in that way, Austen's insights remain very fresh today.

Molly: But, Professor...

Parker: Yes, Molly?

Molly: Jane Austen and the people that she knew...

Parker: Mm-hmm.

Molly: ...I mean, they knew right from wrong, didn't they?

Parker: Well, yeah. I mean, sure. Most of the time.

Molly: So to crush someone's heart... you know, the way Willoughby does to Marianne... that would be unforgivable in Austen's world. And hopefully still our own today... wouldn't it?

Charlotte: Do you think Bailey's scared?

Valentin: Yeah. Yeah, I think she's probably a little scared. But once she gets here to Shriners Hospitals for Children, she'll realize there's nothing to be scared of.

Charlotte: What's going to happen?

Valentin: The doctors are fully going to assess Bailey, and they're gonna come up with the best treatment for her scoliosis.

Charlotte: I texted Bailey this morning. She said she's glad we're here to help.

Valentin: Well, you know, it's the doctors that are really gonna help. We're just here for moral support.

Charlotte: What does that mean?

Valentin: Moral support? It means, when somebody's going through something really difficult, you show up to offer your encouragement, even though there's really nothing you can do to help.

Charlotte: But, Papa, you did help. You told Bailey's mom to bring her here.

[Elevator bell dings]

Valentin: Yeah, I did. Oh. Hello, Lulu. This is a surprise.

Charlotte: Lulu, we didn't know you were coming.

Lulu: Oh, I'm your mother, Charlotte. I thought that I should be here for your friend... and for you.

Nelle: My landlord slipped this underneath my door. My apartment is being sold, and I am being evicted. [Sighs]

Michael: Okay. Well, this isn't too big of a deal.

Nina: What?

Michael: Okay, yeah, it... it is kind of a big deal, but it's nothing we can't solve, right? You can always move in with me.

Nelle: No. No, that's -- that's way too soon. [Sighs] It's fine. I'm just figuring this all out. I just need time to process.

Michael: Look, it's going to be okay. You're making way too big of a deal out of this.

Nelle: How can you say that to me? You know what? Never mind. I know how. You've never been in my position. And you never will be.

Michael: Nelle, I...

Nelle: You know what? I gotta go. I have a prescription to pick up.

Carly: Hey.

Michael: Hey.

Carly: Okay. I'm just gonna ask: What was that?

Michael: Well, um... it had nothing to do with Nelle's late fiancé, if that's what you're wondering.

Carly: Okay. What could be more important?

Michael: Well, what? Than breaking up with Nelle?

Carly: Nothing. Nothing's more important than that. Did you? Did you break up with Nelle?

Kiki: Ah, sorry. Epiphany needs me.

Kristina: Go. I'll be fine.

Kiki: Bye. Thanks for finding Sam's jacket.

Kristina: Oh, yeah. Just doing my job. Okay. If memory serves, Molly is in...

[Elevator bell dings]

Kristina: You're in Parker's class right now. This ought to work.

[Button clicks]

Parker: Much of Austen's work is about heartbreak. But it was also about misunderstanding. Again and again, her heroines and heroes misunderstood what was going on with the other person... misunderstood what was going on within themselves. But the conclusion that was drawn made perfect sense under the circumstances. Sometimes these misunderstandings were about wealth and position. For instance, "Do I want to marry them, or do they want to marry me just to better their lives?" But not always. Sometimes they'd ask, "Do they really love me? Will they always love me?" Or, "Why did they leave? Was it because of me? Or was it their family and their station in life... that kept them from staying?" Now, we're dealing with Austen, so, of course, it's gonna mostly come down to love, like Elizabeth and Darcy's love for each other despite his pride and her prejudice. Do you see what I did there? Or Elinor and Edward's love for each other despite his sister's machinations. Or, as you pointed out, Molly, Marianne and Willoughby's love for each other was very one-sided... and broke her heart, nearly killing her... only for her to return Colonel Brandon's love later on. Because, see, in Austen's world, two people rarely discover that they love each other at the same time.

Student: Otherwise, there would be no story.

Parker: Well, that's a very good point. Thank you. But, see, in Austen's world, things always end up okay. Love wins. I mean, we should all be so lucky, right? Wouldn't it be great if we all knew ourselves the way that Austen knew her characters? I mean, if we could give ourselves that second, third, and fourth chance that she always gave them.

Anna: [Gasps] Oh! Could I ask you something, please?

Waiter: Oh, sure.

Anna: Thank you. Uh, where's the ladies' room?

Waiter: Oh, uh, we have two water closets. They are right over there.

Anna: Oh, perfect. Merci.

Waiter: Ah, yeah.

Finn: Appears someone's been poisoned. I guess that's my cue.

Erich: Ma'am, what is it?

Cassandra: [Choking]

Erich: Ma'am!

Finn: I'm a doctor! I'm a doctor. Allow me to help. It's okay. It's all right. It's okay. Easy, easy.

Cassandra: [Choking]

Michael: Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you, mom, but Nelle and I are still together, okay? Actually, I'd say we're closer than we've ever been.

Carly: Oh, okay. So, the fact that she had a rich fiancé who died under mysterious circumstances --

Michael: Yeah, also known as "an accident."

Carly: Which everyone thinks she caused, Michael!

Michael: Mom, I already had this talk with her. She explained everything to me.

Carly: I bet she did. Let me guess -- it started with, "I'm a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. None of it was my fault."

Michael: It wasn't. Look, Zach's parents didn't approve of Nelle. He died. They blamed her.

Carly: What about the police? The police named her as a person of interest.

Michael: She was never charged.

Carly: Okay. You know what? Insufficient evidence does not mean innocence.

Michael: Doesn't mean she's guilty, either. Mom, look. Okay, I'll admit I was shocked when I found this out. I was, but... I understand why she didn't tell me. I accept it. And I believe her.

Parker: Okay. Your essays are due on Thursday. Don't ruin my weekend. I'll see you then.

Kristina: Molly, I'm glad I caught you. I have your keys.

Molly: Oh! My God! Thank you so much. I was getting ready to go over the whole campus with a metal detector.

Kristina: It's a good thing I have your schedule on my phone and... oh, excuse me, Professor.

Parker: You're doing a good deed, I see, Kristina.

Student: Professor.

Parker: Yeah.

Student: Can I ask you a question about the essay?

Parker: Of course.

Molly: What the hell do you think you're doing?

Charlotte: I can't believe you're here. My papa said we should come for moral support.

Ms. Caldwell: Mr. Cassadine, I can't thank you enough. When the dance teacher told me to have Bailey checked for scoliosis, I was blindsided. I had no idea what the next step should be. The app was so helpful.

Valentin: I'm glad you brought Bailey here for a follow-up. The doctors will make a complete diagnosis and come up with a treatment plan.

Ms. Caldwell: If you hadn't told me about Shriners Hospitals, I wouldn't have known.

Valentin: I had scoliosis myself as a child. So I'm a huge supporter of the hospital and the work that they do.

Lulu: My nephew was at Shriners Hospitals in Boston a couple years ago for a burn injury. He received excellent care.

Dr. Brown: Ms. Caldwell? Dr. Brown. Welcome to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Ms. Caldwell: Dr. Brown, it's so good to meet you.

Dr. Brown: Now, which of these young ladies is Bailey?

Bailey: Me. I'm Bailey.

Dr. Brown: Oh. Well, welcome to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Bailey.

Charlotte: Are you gonna make her all better?

Dr. Brown: That is exactly what we're going to do.

Dante: Hey, Kiki.

Kiki: Hi.

Dante: I, uh -- I was looking for you. I wonder if you could help me out with something.

Kiki: Sure. What do you need?

Dante: Your mother. Can't get ahold of her. She doesn't seem to be at home. She's not returning phone calls or texts.

Kiki: Yeah, I haven't been able to get in touch with her, either.

Dante: Did you know she sold a tapestry to Valentin Cassadine?

Kiki: Really?

Dante: Yeah.

Kiki: No, I-I didn't know that.

Dante: I just thought it was kind of odd because she watched Valentin shoot Nikolas Cassadine.

Kiki: Yeah, she mentioned that, more than once.

Dante: Right. So, why get into business with someone who killed someone you care about?

Kiki: I'm afraid you're gonna have to ask her.

Dante: That's what I'm trying to do. I can't find her. Do you have any idea where she would be?

Kiki: I don't know exactly.

Dante: But you do know something? About her and Valentin?

Kiki: Is this official police business? Because all I have is speculation.

Dante: No, listen, no. It's not. It's personal, okay? Spencer Cassadine is suing Valentin Cassadine for the wrongful death of his father. If he wins the civil case, that helps us in family court. We get full custody of Charlotte. But the first step is proving wrongful death. And your mother's testimony, because she was the only witness, is pivotal.

Kiki: I understand.

Dante: Your mother is a threat to Valentin. Why would they be in business together?

Finn: She's having an allergic reaction. This is epinephrine. This is gonna help you breathe.

Anna: [Speaking French]

Waiter: I don't know. She was just having her tea.

Anna: Tea?

Waiter: Tea.

Anna: Mm.

Finn: Better?

Cassandra: Yes. Better. [Breathes deeply]

Carly: Nelle was a suspect in a criminal investigation into the death of her fiancé, and you act like you don't care.

Michael: Of course, I care, Mom! That's why I asked her about it.

Carly: And that's it?! You're just gonna take her word for it? No -- no follow-up? No further investigation?

Michael: What is there to investigate, Mom? It was a sad, tragic accident. And despite their best efforts, the grieving family, desperate to find a scapegoat, couldn't put it on Nelle.

Carly: Mm. Okay. All right, Michael. Let's, uh, look at it this way: Assuming Nelle really is innocent, wouldn't you want proof? Isn't it in her best interests to exonerate her completely?

Kristina: I just need to see Parker again.

Molly: Why?

Kristina: I'll explain everything later, but for now --

Molly: Kristina, whatever you're doing, it is a big mistake.

Kristina: Maybe. But it's mine to make.

Molly: Just don't get hurt again.

Parker: Well, I mean, that's definitely an out-of-the-box way to go.

Kristina: Look, Parker and I are done. I know that. She knows that. But this is important.

Molly: Can you at least give me a hint so I don't worry?

Kristina: I did something. Nothing major, but...it was unfair. And it's been weighing on me the past couple of days, and I just need to tell the truth and get it over with. So just, please. Just trust me.

Molly: Okay. Be careful. And I believe these are yours.

Parker: You're not leaving with Molly?

Kristina: I...dropped by to give her something.

Parker: Her keys, yeah. I saw.

Kristina: But since I'm here, I figured we could talk.

Parker: Why?

Kristina: "Why"?

Parker: Kristina, you and Valerie seemed very happy together. I really don't think there's anything more to say.

Kristina: Parker, whatever happened between us, good or bad, I feel like that you've always tried to be honest with me. And that's why I'm here. I need to be honest with you.

Cassandra: Thank you, Dr...

Finn: Finn.

Cassandra: Thank you, Dr. Finn. I don't know what I would have done without you.

Finn: I'm glad I could help.

Cassandra: You just happen to carry that with you?

Finn: Never know when you might need it.

Cassandra: I'm certainly glad you had it today. I really can't thank you enough.

Finn: No need to thank me. I did what anyone in my position would do.

Cassandra: Oh. Clearly, we know very different people.

Finn: Hm. We should get you to a hospital.

Cassandra: Just like that, you're no fun anymore.

Finn: I was no fun to begin with. You were too busy choking to notice.

Cassandra: At any rate, thank you very much for your concern, but I don't like hospitals.

Finn: Who does? I work in hospitals, and I hate them. But you really should go. Doctor's orders.

Cassandra: But I don't like to follow orders. I prefer to trust my own judgment. And seeing as I'm feeling so much better, thanks to you... by the way, how did you know so quickly what was wrong with me? Are you an allergist?

Finn: I'm an infectious-disease specialist.

Cassandra: Is that right? Mm-hmm. So, what brings you to Monaco?

Finn: Traveling with a friend.

Cassandra: Then fate brought us together at an opportune time. As you may have already guessed, my health is quite... delicate. I have to be very careful about what I eat and drink. Alas, I was not careful enough today.

Finn: I'm just glad you are okay, but I should go now and jo--

Cassandra: Please. Not yet.

Ms. Caldwell: Mr. Cassadine referred me to the spinescreen app, and then he recommended that I bring Bailey here.

Dr. Brown: Well, we are dedicated to improving the lives of children. We offer the latest inpatient and outpatient services. And we're able to meet all of a child's orthopedic needs all in one building.

Lulu: Is there any special qualifications?

Dr. Brown: Nope. We accept children all the way up to the age of 18 according to their medical needs, regardless of a family's ability to pay or not. So, if Bailey is ready, we can start the exam.

Bailey: Can Charlotte come?

Dr. Brown: I'm afraid not. But there's a terrific playroom just down the hall that she might enjoy.

Lulu: Thank you, Doctor. We'll find it.

Ms. Caldwell: Mr. And Mrs. Cassadine, you've been so great. I don't want to impose.

Lulu: We don't mind waiting.

Ms. Caldwell: Thanks.

Dr. Brown: Right this way, ladies.

Lulu: [Chuckles]

Charlotte: Why didn't you tell Bailey's mom that you're married to Nina and Lulu's married to Dante?

Valentin: I think Bailey's mom has other things to worry about.

Lulu: We'll tell her later. What do you say we go check out that playroom?

Charlotte: Are you coming, Papa?

Lulu: I think he should stay here, in case Bailey and her mom need him.

Valentin: Vas-y, ma petite. Je serai là bientôt.

Kiki: I don't know anything for sure.

Dante: Okay. What do you think you know?

Kiki: I think my mom's at a clinic in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Dante: Russia?

Kiki: She thinks they can restore her face.

Dante: Ah. You don't seem too happy about that.

Kiki: I'm pretty concerned. For lots of reasons.

Dante: One of those reasons being Valentin Cassadine?

Kiki: I haven't talked to her since before she left, but... I have reason to believe that Valentin set up this whole trip for her.

Dante: Well, that means that each of them has something the other wants very badly.

Kiki: That'd be my guess, too. Sorry, Dante.

Dante: No, no, it's okay. Thanks, Kiki.

Kiki: Yeah.

Dante: [Sighs]

Kiki: Nelle. Hey, Nelle. Hey. Is something wrong?

Nelle: Yep. Carly.

Michael: Who do you think you're talking to, Mom? I mean, come on. You don't want Nelle "exonerated." You want her out of my life.

Carly: I tried to back off, Michael. I really did. You have to put yourself in my position. Nelle's fiancé was a healthy, wealthy young man, okay? And he made her chief beneficiary of his will. Then he died in a kayaking accident with her after the boat had been tampered with.

Michael: I know all that.

Carly: And let's say that his family didn't suspect Nelle. And let's say the police didn't investigate her. I still think it's a really big coincidence that here she is, showing up in town, and look at you -- a healthy, wealthy young man.

Michael: I get it.

Carly: And you're in a relationship, just like she was in a relationship with Zachary grant. And you guys could get serious, just like she got serious with him. I know you. You're not a prenup kind of guy. You're the guy that's like, "I'm gonna love you forever. You can have everything, including my heart."

Michael: Okay. You know, I've never been married. You can't even say that for sure.

Carly: I can, too, Michael. I'm your mother. And when your only surviving son is dating a woman whose former fiancé died under mysterious circumstances, you bet I'm gonna be worried.

Michael: I appreciate your concern.

Carly: Then just do me a favor...

Michael: I do. But don't...

Carly: ...And talk to the family about their suspicions. And talk to the police. At the very least, it'll give me peace of mind.

Michael: [Sighs] Mom, you're being -- you're being ridiculous.

Carly: I'll take it. I'll take that. I'd rather be ridiculous than lose you to some mysterious "accident."

Parker: Okay. So, what do you need to be honest with me about?

Kristina: Well, first of all, I didn't need to give Molly anything. I wanted to see you.

Parker: Why?

Kristina: I haven't been truthful with you. Valerie... Valerie is great. But that night that you saw us at The Floating Rib, she wasn't my date. She was my wing-woman. I told her that I had an inappropriate crush on you and that we slept together and you dumped me right after.

Parker: Oh, Kristina, I'm -- I am -- I so wish I had handled things differently.

Kristina: Valerie wanted to make you regret dumping me, so she kissed me, and I...played along.

Parker: But the next day at Kelly's, you g--

Kristina: Yeah, uh... she saw me talking to you and just assumed that she should keep up the act that we were a couple. And at the time... um, you know, I wanted to let you know that I had moved on. [Sighs] You're in a new city, trying to rebuild your life. I mean, the last thing that you need is more drama from me, right?

Parker: Wait. So... so you lied about being with Valerie... for my sake?

Kristina: Isn't that why a lot of people lie? You know, to protect the other people's feelings? Especially people that they... anyway, yes, I lied. Just like I lied when I accused you of harassment at Wesleyan. But I don't want to lie anymore... especially not to you.

Parker: Thanks. I really appreciate that.

Kristina: And one more thing. Full disclosure. I was dating a guy when you and I were together. Aaron. I told him about us, and it's been over for a while. I'm not dating him. Or anyone else. I'm just like you... single.

Valentin: Did Charlotte stay in the playroom?

Lulu: She met some kids. She's having fun.

Valentin: Good. Well, thanks for letting me bring her here today.

Lulu: I think it's important that Charlotte's here for her friend.

Valentin: I agree.

Lulu: You've been really great through all this.

Valentin: Well, I'm glad that Bailey's gonna get the care that she needs.

Lulu: What about you?

Valentin: I don't know. What about me?

Lulu: I'm sorry. I...don't know the specifics. I know that you had problems... physical issues when you were younger. I'm sorry that you suffered.

Valentin: Oh, please. You don't care about my suffering.

Lulu: That's not true. I used to think that you were a monster. But I've watched you with Charlotte. There's no denying that you love her.

Nelle: You know what? I'm not gonna bother you with this. I'm just gonna -- I'm gonna go.

Kiki: No, no, don't worry about it. If you -- if you need to vent, I'm more than happy to listen. Oh, by the way, I saw the pictures of you and Michael from Morocco. You guys looked so happy.

Nelle: Yeah, we were. I mean we are.

Kiki: Is that why Carly's upset?

Nelle: It's not any one thing with her. She just -- she hates me.

Kiki: Oh. Well, be careful. Carly, you know, when she does something, she goes all-in, so when she hates you, she hates you with everything she's got.

Nelle: That much I know.

Kiki: Until she doesn't. I was...horrible to Michael. I was thoughtless and selfish, and... Carly really let me have it.

Nelle: I'm sure.

Kiki: Yeah. Then, when Morgan died, things were horrible again, and... eventually, Carly realized that I really did love Morgan. It's not like we're planning a shopping trip together anytime soon, but... she's moved past it.

Nelle: [Chuckles] You know, I appreciate the encouragement, Kiki, but, uh... I think it's a little different in my situation. I tried to destroy Carly's marriage and her family. So I don't think there's any coming back from that.

Kiki: Okay. So, Carly hates you. But Michael really cares about you, and you feel the same way about him.

Nelle: Yeah, I do.

Kiki: Then I don't see any reason why Carly won't forgive you. Eventually. Someday. I mean, all of your sins against her and her family are in the past now. What else could she possibly have on you?

Carly: Please believe me -- nothing would make me happier than Nelle being innocent in all of this.

Michael: [Scoffs] Really?

Carly: Yes, really. 'Cause that means you would be safe and happy, and that's all I've ever wanted for you. But for you just to take it on faith that you're not in any danger and not to talk to the people involved when you're dating this girl... that frightens me, Michael.

Michael: Okay. I get it.

Carly: Do you?

Michael: Yes. I understand why you're worried. Look, we already lost Morgan. We don't know if Jason's gonna be okay or not. And Dad... he almost died not too long ago. And I understand you don't want to risk losing anyone else. Neither do I. But, Mom, I don't need to know any more about how Zachary Grant died.

Carly: Oh, Michael...

Michael: Have you ever taken a risk before, hmm? Ignored all the red flags and the warnings?

Carly: Yes, I have.

Michael: Mm-hmm.

Carly: And it bites me in the ass every time.

Michael: No, not every single time. There's plenty of times, plenty of situations where your instincts told you you were right... and you did what you wanted, despite what everyone else said. True?

Carly: Yes. Yes, yes, but, Michael --

Michael: No, Mom, Mom, I believe -- I believe Nelle. That's it. And nothing you say is gonna change my mind.

Finn: Yeah, if you'll forgive me, I've kept my friend waiting long enough. But you...

Cassandra: Cassandra.

Finn: Cassandra. You should get some more tests. Your allergies seem quite severe.

Cassandra: Oh, I've been to far too many doctors. And none of them are as quick on their feet as you. Uh, Dr. Finn...

Finn: Yes?

Cassandra: Never mind. I... I've taken too much time away from your friend. Enjoy your stay in Monaco.

Finn: Thank you.

Anna: Merci. Espresso? How'd it go?

Finn: Well, after you sent that poor, unsuspecting woman into anaphylaxis, how'd it go? It went nowhere. I learned nothing. What was that you gave her, anyway?

Anna: Oh, that's just a little drug that mirrors an allergic reaction. Even if you hadn't acted, it would have subsided after a while. She was never in any real danger.

Finn: Oh! That's good to know.

Anna: You're welcome. And your -- your little plan to try to connect with Sandra, the whole thing's a bust.

Kristina: I guess that's all I had to say.

Parker: Really? That's it?

Kristina: You want more?

Parker: [Chuckles]

Kristina: Anyway, I... didn't want you thinking something that wasn't true. After everything else.

Parker: Well, in the spirit of openness, uh... I have something I should say...too. Um... when I came to town and we...

Kristina: Made love?

Parker: Yeah. I wasn't completely honest with you... or myself, for that matter. I was going through so much. I didn't even understand what I was thinking about my marriage or my wife... and especially about you. [Sighs] I guess what I'm saying is, I've regretted the way that -- that I ended that. Like, leaving a note? You deserved so much better.

Kristina: I mean, dumping me face-to-face might have been worse. I'm not exactly known for my graciousness.

Parker: Well, in the spirit of honesty, no. You're not.

Kristina: Yeah, well... whatever happened, um... here we are.

Parker: Yeah. [Sighs] Here we are. Where is that, exactly?

Kristina: We're...cool.

Parker: Wait. Actually... ...I-I don't know that we are.

Lulu: You're very good with Charlotte. Even I have to admit that. So I have revised my opinion. You're not a monster. You're just a very bad man.

Valentin: There it is.

Lulu: My point is, you were able to help Charlotte understand what's going on. The empathy you're showing Bailey and her mother obviously comes from personal experience.

Valentin: And you are hoping that I'll share with you my personal experience.

Lulu: I'm saying that, as Charlotte's mother, I should probably know what her biological father went through.

Valentin: Huh. Huh. Okay. [Sighs] Just before he died, my father... sent me to boarding school to hide me from Helena.

Lulu: Because you were living proof he had cheated on her?

Valentin: Because I was a rival for her son. She'd have killed me if she found me. I was 5 years old. My father set up a trust fund for education, but there was nothing left over for medical care, so [Breathes deeply] My scoliosis went untreated.

Lulu: And it got really bad?

Valentin: Yeah. It got really bad. But that won't be the case for Bailey, because there's no better place to treat her than here.

Nelle: Before I came to Port Charles, I was... involved in a situation that, let's just say, I didn't handle very well.

Kiki: Wait a second. Are you telling me that you have a past? That you made mistakes?! [Gasps dramatically]

Nelle: They were some pretty big mistakes.

Kiki: Oh, please. I used to set up poker games to scam frat guys. Do I have regrets? Eh.

Nelle: Okay, yeah, but you've obviously been able to move on. Carly and her mom are trying to dig up all of this dirt on me from when I was broke, younger, and stupid. It's just making me sick.

Kiki: Here's my advice: When Carly finds something on you, just be honest about it. Tell Michael. Michael will listen. You just have to be completely honest with him.

Nelle: I know.

Kiki: Carly would do anything for him. Even get along with you.

Nelle: Here's hoping.

Carly: I'm not gonna pretend that I'm not concerned and that I don't see why you won't take a closer look at all of this. But I hear you: It's your life. It's your decision.

Michael: And you'll -- you'll back off Nelle?

Carly: Um... I hope you know what you're doing. And that's all I'm gonna say about it. Except...

Michael: Oh, here we go. Every single time you say, "That's all I have to say," there's always more. Every time. What? What is it this time?

Carly: I love you. So much. And I always will.

Lulu: Since we have a minute alone together...

Valentin: We seem to be enjoying a momentary truce. You sure you want to ruin it with whatever you're gonna say?

Lulu: This isn't about what separates us. It's about what binds us.

Valentin: Charlotte?

Lulu: Like it or not, we're both her parents. And if this custody case goes the way I want it to --

Valentin: You're gonna be her sole parent.

Lulu: Despite what happened with Nikolas, I want you to know that I respect the fact that you are Charlotte's father. You will always have visitation. She will know you as her father.

Valentin: And what will Dante be?

Lulu: Dante will be her stepfather, father figure, whatever. You are her "Papa."

Valentin: Thank you for acknowledging that.

Lulu: And since this will be our situation, I... think it's important for me to know more about you. To understand how you physically became the man you are today.

Valentin: Are you looking for dirt to use against me?

Lulu: I didn't realize this was some deep, dark secret.

Valentin: I underwent a series of expensive surgeries... that were not without discomfort. But the results were worth it. I was able to stand up straight for the first time in my life.

Lulu: Were you ever scared that Charlotte might...

Valentin: Yeah, I was scared. But if she did have scoliosis, I would bring her here, where she could receive the finest care.

Charlotte: Papa! Do you know when Bailey will be finished? There's a really cool playroom.

Valentin: Well, I don't know. But I do know that the doctors want to check her very carefully.

Charlotte: This is a really fun place. Is it like the place where you went when you had scoliosis?

Valentin: No. No, no, no, no, no, no. I wish I'd been able to come here, because I know they would have taken very good care of me. Hey, listen, I want to get a present for Bailey, but I don't know what she's gonna want. Can you help me with it?

[Elevator bell dings]

Valentin: 'Cause I was thinking, if it was a grown-up, we could get her flowers. But I don't think she's...

Lulu: I can't believe you're here!

Valentin: Hey.

Lulu: Mm.

Valentin: How's, uh -- how's Bailey?

Lulu: The doctor's still examining her. What is it?

Valentin: I think you need to know something about Valentin.

Lulu: What has he done now?

Valentin: I think he got to Ava.

Lulu: Got to her how?

Valentin: Sounds like he convinced her to recant her statement about seeing him kill Nikolas.

Finn: So, if this turns out to be a total bust, may I leave in, like, the next hour, or do I have to wait till the morning?

Anna: [Sighs]

Erich: Sorry to interrupt. Madame sends this with her compliments.

Finn: Oh. Thank you.

Anna: For God's sake, aren't you gonna open it? Just open it.

Finn: Oh. Yes.

Anna: [Sighs]

Finn: She has very nice penmanship.

Anna: Oh.

Finn: "Thank you so much again, my dear doctor. I can't repay you, but please come by... and see me tomorrow at the address and time below so I may give you a token of my gratitude."

Anna: Oh, my God. That's so great. [Gasps] You think this whole thing is a bust?

Finn: You think otherwise?

Anna: This is all going swimmingly.

Parker: Yeah, I don't know about you, Kristina, but the only way that I'm gonna be "cool" with this is if we find some real closure.

Kristina: Closure. Right. Yeah. Of course.

Parker: No more notes or hints.

Kristina: Or made-up excuses to run into you.

Parker: We just need to sit down and talk together face-to-face. I mean, that's the only way that we'll ever -- or I shouldn't speak for you. That's the only way that I'm gonna be... okay with this.

Kristina: No, right. Me too.

Parker: There's still some stuff that I'd like to say. Nothing bad. Just...stuff I want to get out there.

Kristina: Yeah, me too. Definitely. Great. So, when should we talk about --

Parker: How about now?

Kristina: Now?

Parker: Yeah. I mean, if you have some time, let's just go somewhere private.

Michael: Hey, it's me. I need you to do something for me.

Carly: "You don't know me, but my name is Sharon Grant. I'm Zachary Grant's sister. We need to talk about Janelle Benson."

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