General Hospital Transcript Tuesday 2/23/21
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Episode #14645 ~ Jax is conflicted. Michael and Willow process everything that has happened over the past few days. Maxie offers Nina her support. Britt makes a plea to Obrecht. Anna reaches out to Peter.
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Come on. Come on. Special agent wilson just arrived, and he's talking with commissioner ashford, which should give us just one last chance to go over what you're going to say. Now, as your attorney, I cannot advise you to lie to a federal agent. Of course not.
[ Clears throat ] So, when asked about what happened that night on the cliff, you will say... I'm going to stick to my original statement -- that I was nowhere near the cliff and the last time I saw nelle was after we fought in the clearing. Excellent. Because whatever you do, you cannot veer from what you originally said to the police. Right. Got it. And when wilson asks you about nina overhearing you and jax talking about you seeing nelle hanging off the side of a cliff and you intervening a little too slowly, which means nelle falls to her death, you will say... that that's not what jax and I were saying, that nina must have been mistaken. Knock, knock. You up for some company? Oh, you heard. Oh, just a little rumor. You know how people like to talk. Uh-huh, and I can now only imagine what the people are saying. "Nina completely lost it at the cemetery." Yeah, I guess things got a little heated. Oh, no, beyond heated. I was furious, and I still am. Excuse me, is this seat taken? I was just about to have another cup. Have a seat. Thank you. How are you doing? Uh, what time is it? So far, so good. Well, that's a good start, I guess. But you, on the other hand, look like you have something on your mind. What's up? Well, let's just say you missed a few things at Sonny's funeral. Hey, uh, do you -- do you have a minute? Sure. Is everything okay? Uh, yeah, it's just, um, I talked to my mom this morning, and she confirmed that nelle was nina's daughter.
[ Scoffs ] When you told me what happened the day of sasha's interview, that nina thought nelle might have been her child, it just seemed so random. Yeah. I guess, uh, nina was able to confirm it. And, uh, well, she was upset that jax suspected it but he didn't tell her. That's why nina was so angry at the cemetery. That's part of it. The other part is nina -- nina believes that my mom was responsible for nelle's fall. Oh, okay. So, all the swiss arrangements are made. Excellent. Yeah. Violet? Breaks my heart to leave her, but she'll be safe with her uncle chase. Perfect. And what about the rest of the wedding arrangements? Handled. Handled, really? Delegated. Oh, maxie. Maxie. Okay. Good. Yeah, so, guess we're all set. First -- we -- we find obrecht. Mm. And then -- spend the rest of our lives together. The sparrow has landed.
[ Chuckles ]
[ Sighs ] Oh. I wondered when I'd hear from you again. Come in. I needed a moment to take in the ramifications. Ramifications of what? I spoke to peter. It's as bad as we feared. It's worse. Ugh, there's that cute guy from 12c. -Go talk to him. -Yeah, no. Plus it's not even like he'd be into me or whatever.
This could be hi. You just moved in, right?
Last I understood, jax was not here yet. Now, they're going to want to interview him right after they've talked to you. Is there any chance that jax is having second thoughts about backing you up? Okay, jax is the one who convinced me not to tell the authorities I was on the cliff with nelle. That was before he found out that nelle is nina's daughter. We all feel bad for nina. Well, I did before she went off on me over my husband's grave. I know. That was not pretty. That's also not my point. You discovered that nelle was nina's daughter. You chose not to say anything. And here we are. You're saying that I should have told nina that nelle, the sociopath, was her long-lost daughter? Absolutely. The moment you discovered it. It would have saved nina this world of pain she's in. Jax is devastated by what happened. And that's precisely my point. Do you think he's going to decide that nina is more deserving of his protection than you are? See, carly and I were, uh, certain for a while that nelle was nina's daughter, and we chose not to say anything. When the truth finally came out -- which it inevitably does. Right. Nina felt betrayed, and then she, uh, overheard me in a conversation with carly. She misinterpreted that information and took it to the authorities. And in about an hour, I'm supposed to give a statement to the fbi. Oh. A-about? Uh, the night nelle died. Okay, so, you know that attorney-client privilege is -- no longer exists right now. Yeah, no, so I'll just -- I'll just say this. Um, certain facts were simplified to protect certain people. In other words, carly. Don't confirm or deny that. Well, I -- well, I can confirm that nelle's death was an accident, which is why our original statements were simplified. Okay, so, I'm really not able to give you advice right now. I'm just a sounding board. No, no, I-I understand that. But if your biggest crime was simplifying things for the fbi, why are you further incriminating yourselves? I mean, why do that? Just my two cents. And I appreciate it. You seem to have reservations. I'm just wondering if this is, uh -- if this is the best thing for nina. I talked myself into believing that once jax realized that he was keeping me from wiley, that he would tell me the truth. So I-I went out, and I was looking for him, to -- I don't know, maxie, to salvage something. And I found him at all saints with carly, and they were talking about nelle's death. Carly was on that cliff when my daughter fell to her death, and jax, he just encouraged her to keep quiet. Wait a minute. Jax told carly to lie, not the other way around? You know what, maxie? I had no intention of confronting jax at the cemetery. I wanted to go someplace private, someplace quiet. But of course, carly needed jax. Okay, please don't get mad. But, nina, it was carly's husband's funeral. Oh, maxie, you should have -- you should have heard her. You know, I secretly think that carly was happy that I made a scene at the cemetery so she could have an outlet for her anger. Okay, alright. Was it the right place? Was it the right time? No. But, maxie, I swear, everything that I said was true. What is this sparrow you speak of? It's me. Anna shouldn't be the only one given a code name. What code name? Uh, scarecrow? That isn't a code name. It is an epithet, an expression of scorn and derision. Well, speaking of
das scarecrow, she confronted me, demanding to know where you were. Did she? You said nothing, of course.
[ Scoffs ] The sparrow remained silent. But the scarecrow revealed more than she intended. Apparently, she's been going around the wsb trying to determine your whereabouts. And what have they told her? Well, that's the thing. Nothing. The wsb is stonewalling her. Of course, that's only amped her suspicions. No doubt. Their star agent isn't used to being kept in the dark. And her precious peter, has she warned him that I am on the loose? She hasn't said anything to me. But if she hasn't told him yet, it's only a matter of time. Hmm, yes, perhaps,
mein spatz. But it's what I do with my time that matters. Anna? Anna: Yeah. Before I say anything, I'm going to give you a choice.
[ Sighs ] We can drop this, you can let your questions about peter lie, and you can go on believing that he is the man you want him to be. Only if it's the truth, which obviously it isn'T. Anna -- what? Why don't you want me to know this? Are you incriminated in some way? No. For once, the circumstances of peter's life have nothing to do with me, I mean, other than I am the man who started him down this path in the first place. As bad a decision as that was, you did what you did, and you didn't make peter the man he is today. Neither did faison or alex or me. He is his own person. He wants you to believe he's someone else, someone better. I know. He's been lying to me all along, hasn't he?
Yay. Thanks. I don't get why you're being all under the radar, unless it's so you can wear a getup like that, because that is fabulous.
Danke. I know.
[ Both laugh ] I'm totally stealing that when you die, which shouldn't be anytime soon, because you have been cleared of all charges and released. I know it's not as exciting as escaping prison, but it's a lot less stressful. I'm not moving with stealth to avoid law enforcement. I must maintain the element of surprise if I am to trap and unmask henrik. How? Because you have been digging and digging, and you haven't been able to prove anything. Believe me, britta, no one can be this dirty and stay clean. The proof is out there.
[ Sighs ] You want revenge. Of course I do, but I want to protect maxie and james more. I swore it on my beloved nathan's grave. Well, you're not the only one to swear on nathan's grave these days. I ran into peter making a few promises there himself.
[ Knock on door ] Hey. Come on in. Hey. Yeah? You ready to do this? Bring it on. Alright, let's see. Uh, no. This one. If you say so. It's not too much, is it? I don't know. Uh, a little, m-maybe. You -- you look good. Hey, you look good! Ah, get out of here. You look good, doc. You look really good. Yeah, it's -- look at us. Getting ready to tie the knot. It's amazing what the love of a good woman can do.
[ Both chuckle ] Nina's pain is an unintended side effect of the steps I took to protect carly and, by extension, josslyn. And now you want to do right by nina? I do. I just don't know if it's possible anymore. So, if you take nina's side, and you give credence to her claims, do you have any hard evidence to back that up? No. No eyewitnesses? No. So, essentially, it's nina's word against carly'S. And -- and now you're bringing in the scrutiny of a federal investigation. How does that benefit nina? She would know that I'm on her side? Nina: I was getting angrier and angrier. I completely lost my composure, and I could see -- I could just feel everyone's eyes on me, their stares followed by their cringes. Okay, as someone who's had their share of public cringe-worthiness, solidarity, sister. Yeah, I could practically hear what they were thinking. "Oh, there goes crazy nina, having another breakdown again." But, see, they weren't listening to the truth. They -- they shouldn't have focused in on the reaction. They should have focused in on what jax and carly did. That's why I went to the commissioner, and I told her everything. Wait, you did what? Yeah, I turned them in. Someone should hold carly responsible for killing my daughter. Nelle's death was an accident. My mom didn't cause her fall, but... she and jax are being interviewed by the fbi because nina insists that a crime was committed. So nina is taking the worst possible course of action -- lashing out at wiley's other grandmother, creating a rift. Yeah, but where does this leave wiley? I mean, nina is his grandmother. My relationship with nina has been rocky at best. But when she testified at wiley's custody hearing -- that was a game-changer. And then when nelle kidnapped wiley, she showed up here and sat with me just out of compassion for our child. So, what -- what are you saying? Everything that nina did for wiley happened before she knew he was her grandson. And, yes, she's acting badly now, but people do awful things when they're grieving. Maybe we can help nina, and wiley, by letting them know each other.
TrRyingto get them to reopen the case?
[ Chuckles ] Yeah, damn right I am. Nina, wait. I --
[ Sighs ] I get that nelle is your daughter, but she was also a raging psychopath. She made carly and michael's lives hell for years. I'm not excusing what nelle did, but she's just not a litany of her crimes. She is a person. And shouldn't I, as her mother, want to know how she died? Yes. Yes, of course. But I think the question you should be asking is, how did nelle become the person that she was before she fell off that cliff? I already know that answer, maxie -- because my mother gave her away, and she was raised without any love by a man who -- who literally sold her for parts!
[ Sobs ] Okay, um...
[ Sniffles ] I can't imagine what you must be feeling right now, knowing that nelle went through that and there was nothing you could do to stop it. It's all I can think about. But, nina, hey, lots of people live difficult lives. They experience terrible abuse and hardships, and they still manage to be good people. So at some point, nelle stopped being a victim of circumstance, and she decided to hurt people. So what are you saying? Are you saying that I should just let this go, that I should just drop it, just cut jax and carly out of my life? That's -- that's not for me to say. But I do think you should ask yourself if you were carly and you saw nelle going over that cliff, would your first thought be, "I should help her," or would you be thinking, "is she going to pull me over the edge if I try?" The feds are going to be looking for any inconsistencies in your testimony that might lead to an obstruction of justice charge. Because I'm Sonny's wife. His widow. Sonny left behind an allegedly very successful criminal enterprise, which also to date is undetectable. And any prosecutor that's going to use you as leverage to uncover that enterprise, that's a career I'd envy, actually. Not the income. There is no case to make. I'm going to stick to my statement, and so will jax. Can I give you a little hard-earned life advice? Please. Throwing yourself under a bus to prove that you care about somebody isn't all it's cracked up to be. You should embroider that on a pillow. Somebody should. Well, I should probably get going. I'm already late. Yeah, the feds don't like to be kept waiting. Do you know what you're going to do? I think so. That cesar's
daemonenbrut offspring should visit the sacred ground my nathan is buried in is abhorrent to me. I hope you spat on him where he stood. Mm, I did better. I kept talking about nathan, all of his goodness and decency and all the things maxie loves about him. Ah, meine tochter, it's moments like these when you make me proud. How did henrik respond? Oh, it bugged him, but he never veered from his whole "I am not my father's son" mantra. Good. Let him believe that. Do you ever think to yourself that maybe he would follow in our father's footsteps? He may be a liar and a murderer, but henrik is no cesar. But, I mean, maybe he doesn't need to be. Maybe he just needs to be good enough at being the bad guy that even you won't be able to catch him. What then? Valentin: I told him that liesl obrecht had been released from steinmauer, that she was probably heading right for him. And he admitted to -- to framing her, did he? He did, and arranging the hit on franco baldwin. Why would you arrange a hit on fit of conscience? Change in strategy? But why would peter order the hit on franco in the first place? Well, as you know, franco was having the procedure that originally gave him drew cain's memories reversed. And one of the possible outcomes of the second procedure is that the memory will become more intense, more vivid. And drew knew something that peter didn't want to become common knowledge. Peter's good at making people disappear who get too close to the truth. Yeah. Like he -- he tried with andre maddox. Yeah, he arranged the attack on maddox. And that means... he arranged for drew's plane to go down.
There you go. , Jax and carly, theylied repeatedly to authorities. I don't think it's wrong of me to want them to face the consequences. I-I get that. I just don't know if sending jax and carly to prison is going to give you the peace that you need. Only you can know that. You're right. You're right. I was so focused on making sure that carly and jax were punished, I wasn't thinking about josslyn or donna. I don't want another child to be deprived of their parents. Speaking of children, there is one that we haven't talked about yet who I know is waiting for the Avalanche of love you have stored up for him. Wiley. Right? Wiley. Yeah. Don't tell me you haven't thought about him. No, I've thought about him. He's all I can think about. And i am going to spend time with him. Oh, I know you will. I think you should just keep focusing on wiley and the world you want with him. And I know you'll get it. You know, you're a really good friend. Friend? Pssh. I'm family.
[ Laughs ] We made a promise, you, me, and britt, over nathan's grave. Yeah. Together, no matter what. No matter what. I have your back. Now I have to go. I have a hot date with my groom-to-be. Bye. Henrik is weak. He believes he can be a good man, worthy of his scarecrow mother, worthy to take my nathan's place in maxie and james' life. He is desperate to maintain this illusion, so much so that he's forgotten that it's only a mask. And sooner or later, it will crack. All I'm hearing is posturing. Please tell me you have an actual plan, because the wedding is right on top of us. You are right, britta. My operation is moving too slowly. Time to confront the beast in its lair. Forgive me. You know, this probably sounds... incredibly corny, but... being in love with anna, being loved by her has changed my life in ways I never thought possible. I know what you mean, and not just about maxie, loving her and being loved by her, but anna, too. I never had a maternal presence in my life before, and now -- you can't remember a time without her? Oh, no, no, on the contrary, I-I remember it quite well, too well. It's a life I don't ever want to go back to. Since we're being corny --
[ Chuckles ] Fire away. I, um, sometimes think that if anna were not my mother, perhaps my life wouldn't have changed course the way it did. I was headed down a rather dark road, Finn, and I'm grateful to have put that road behind me now. Marrying maxie and bringing our daughter into this world is, I feel like, the final step for me closing the door on the life that I had before I met anna. Someone is making a strong argument for some more stories. Willow: Oh, has he now? Is there any story in particular, or should we make up a new one tonight? What does daddy think? Well, I think that nothing makes me happier than seeing you with wiley. I'm pretty sure I know someone else who would like to see wiley.
[ Sighs ] Yeah, l-look, nina deserves to know her grandson, okay? I just -- I don't know if now is the right time. It might fill the hole in her heart left by nelle. It might help bridge the chasm between nina and your mother. Yeah, little guy does have a way of bringing people together.
Mrs. Corinthos. I'm special agent wilson of the federal bureau of investigation. As you know, I'm here to follow up on accusations made by ms. Nina reeves regarding the death of nelle benson-jerome. And we are eager to cooperate. Shall we begin? Ms. Reeves stated that she overheard a conversation between you and one jasper jacks in which you stated that you were present at the time nelle benson-jerome fell to her death. Is that true? I'm -- I'm sorry, agent wilson. Are you asking if it's true that my client had a discussion with her ex-husband about these alleged events, or are you asking about the events themselves? I was unclear. My apologies. Mrs. Corinthos, did you state in that conversation with mr. Jacks that you were present at the time ms. Benson-jerome fell? I-I never said that. And were you present when ms. Benson-jerome fell from the cliff? I stand by my original statement.
[ Chuckles ] I'm sure your very capable attorney has advised you you can answer yes/no questions with either a yes or a no. Yes. So, were you present when nelle benson-jerome fell to her death? No. Ms. Reeves is certain of what she heard. Ms. Reeves is mistaken. What were you discussing then, if not the events surrounding the death of nelle benson-jerome? I have no idea. I was laying my husband to rest. Outside of ms. Reeves' outburst, the whole day was a blur. Tell me again what happened on the night in question. I caught up to nelle in the clearing. We fought. She took off. I never saw her again. And where does mr. Jacks fit into this scenario? Jax showed up after my scuffle with nelle. Mrs. Corinthos, is there anything you would like to add? No. Okay, then. Thank you. If you wouldn't mind waiting outside. -Thank you. -Mm-hmm. Agent wilson: Mr. Jacks, I presume. Come on in.
[ Door shuts ] Hi, there. Hi. It's the groom-to-be. The day is fast approaching. That it is.
[ Chuckles ] So, you happy about it, or are you dreading it? It's kind of hard to tell with you. Mm, yeah. May I? Oh, yes. So, I was, uh -- I was sort of dreading the, uh -- the crowds, the socializing, the, uh, general scrutiny. But then violet taught me this game called toilet paper bride. Yeah, yeah. I know that. Yeah, and I realized all the fuss is really for everyone else. She's loving every minute of it, so I guess I'm loving every minute of it. Then I'm happy for you. How about you? You look, uh...happier? Hap-happy-ish? I've had three of these, and, uh, I have one of these. Wow. I'm proud of you. Is it okay that I say that? Yeah, it's okay. I wouldn't be too proud, though. This is my second 24-hour coin in less than a week. I am proud of you. Believe me, I know how hard it is to start back at day one. You ever need a friend, I'm right here. A fortuitous turn of events. Posing as a potential investor, I called maxie's assistant to inquire about drinks tonight. The assistant informed me that maxie has dinner plans with her fiancÚ, thus presenting a perfect opportunity. For what? A visit to maxie and peter's humble abode, of course. What a pity they won't be home.
[ Both laugh ] Ms. Miller, would you and your client join us, please? Peter's been working hard to make sure that people don't learn the true nature of his crimes. Yeah. And that brings us back to franco baldwin. Right. And franco has been hearing peter's voice in his head, which is really drew's -- drew's memories. Yeah. Peter put news that franco baldwin's tumor had returned all over the internet. Mm-hmm. That was to discredit him, in case he figured out what he was actually remembering. And -- and the only time that drew would remember peter's voice in connection with shiloh and dr. Cabot would be -- drew's abduction in afghanistan. Right. So peter was really -- he was working with faison and helena all along, right? Anna, peter may have told me that months ago. Months ago? I didn't say anything to you because... because why? Because -- ...I wanted to believe it was all in the past. I wanted to believe he had redeemed himself. But I realized the redemption was all a lie. I'm sorry. But I've been the one who's been defending him to everyone, you know, to robert and jason and... Finn. Um... I-I-I just blinded myself to who he really is. Which actually makes me just as culpable in all the harm that he's done. Got it? Got it.
I keep thinking about something that alex said to me after I shot her. She said that the reason that she gave me the memory of peter was so that I would protect him. But I didn't do that. That's nonsense. I'm the one who delivered peter to his father. No, that's not what she meant. She said the entire reason that she had dr. Cabot transfer her memories to me was so that I would believe that her son was mine and I would rescue him and I would raise him in the same way that I did robin. But I didn'T. Instead, I preferred to carry the guilt with me, and I just turned my back on him. And that was -- that was the reason that alex hated me so much. Well, take it from a man who's spent decades trying to make up for the damage that he's done to peter's life. This ain't on you. Okay. Peter's done what he's done. The question now is... what do we do about that? We take our heads out of the sand. We ask a tough question. At what point does protecting peter put those we love most at risk?
[ Alexis sighs ] Hey, I'm going to say something, and, um, maybe don't argue. You don't want me to argue? Mm. Okay. Okay. You're one of the most brilliant, capable, one of the most kind people I've ever met. You always have been. You always will be. Oh, it's not like I don't want you to be right about that. If I saw someone treating you the way you're treating yourself, I'd tell them to back the hell off and leave my friend alone. She deserves better. Thank you. You do whatever it takes, alright? You lean on whoever you need to lean on. You crawl, you scream, you do whatever you have to do to get through this, but you get through it. You deserve better.
So I just surrender
[ Cellphone rings ] Hey. Anna. Uh, if you're looking for Finn, he left just a few minutes ago. Actually, I was hoping to talk to you. Can you come by the house? Um, sure. I-I mean, I was about to go meet maxie, but if -- if it's important... it is. It's important that we talk. Maxie! Britt, hey! Hey! Fancy meeting you here. Hey. Isn't this place great? Yeah. You know, they have an impressive selection of mocktails. You care to join me for a baby-friendly drink? Um, okay, sure. Before peter gets here. It's our last date night before the wedding. Can't wait.
[ Chuckles ] I was just thinking about you, actually. I was talking to nina, and... you know, my sister georgie is gone, and lulu is out of commission. So when you, nina, and i were making that promise in nathan's memory... it just feels really good to know I have sisters looking out for me again.
[ Doorknob rattling ] After speaking with you both, in the absence of any hard evidence, I see no reason to pursue this further. Case will remain closed. Thank you for your cooperation. Thank you, agent wilson. Why don't you and I go and brief commissioner ashford together? Excuse us, you two.
[ Door shuts ]
[ Sighs ] Thank god that's over. Well, the legal part might be, but, uh, nina's not going to be too happy. Oh, I don't care. I don't feel bad for nina. You have every right to be angry. I'm just saying there's going to be fallout.
[ Knock on door ] Yeah. Hi. Um, we were wondering if you might be up for a visit. Hi.
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