General Hospital Transcript Wednesday 6/30/21
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Episode #14732 ~ Carly turns to Diane for advice. Jason struggles with a big decision. Ava runs into Austin at the Metro Court bar. Scott advises Finn to do what is best for his family. Anna makes a curious discovery.
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so, um, you need some legal advice. What are we talking about here? Malpractice? Okay, now come on. Time, tide, and elevators -- you know, t-they wait for no one here. I'm interested in hiring you. Oh, yeah. What for? It's about peter august. What about me? Am I on your list of friends?
[ Chuckles ] I see what you did there. Yeah. Of course you are.
[ Rain pattering ] You're a wonderful friend. I couldn't have got through the last few months without you. Nor I without you. What'll you have? M-my father used to order a manhattan and he would ask for rye that was good enough to come from a cask. You got it. Thank you. That's interesting. Maxie's simple country doctor is pretty particular about his whiskey. You're questioning my choice in drinks? Is there anything you're not suspicious of? No. Well, now, that looks positively sinful. I'll have whatever this handsome stranger is having. Hi, sam. Thank you so much for joining me, my dearest lady of justice. Spinelli, you know I'm always happy to assist in any way I can. First of all, do you anticipate this situation becoming litigious?
[ Sighs ] Oh, god. Heaven forfend.
[ Chuckles ] The last thing I would want to do is to go to court with ellie. Ellie? Oh. Alright. Then may I ask what the situation is? No, no. Tell me you didn't cheat on her. Oh, no, no, no, no. No, never. Well, I had to ask. Due diligence. Ellie'S... concerned about my... exposure to... potentially dangerous and... allegedly criminal activity. To wit, the corinthos organization is under pressure from various potentially violent entities, including the novak clan. Have you told any of this to jason? No, I-I don't want to burden him. I mean, he just returned from being a fugitive. Since Sonny died last winter, he and carly have plenty of troubles of their own.
[ Sighing ] Oh. I'm so sorry, honey. I -- I'm just really distracted right now. You know, I have a lot on my plate. Well, do you want to talk about it? It's nothing you should worry about. Well, I'm not worried. I mean, whatever it is you're dealing with, I mean, if you don't want to talk to me about it, I know that you can always talk to jason. Britt.
[ Chuckles ] What brings you to my door? Just, uh -- just wanted to see you. What a coincidence. I wanted to see you, too. Carly: I just keep thinking about what Ava said. How it's theater... a performance that demonstrates a binding contract. I mean, Ava doesn't know our situation. You see where I'm going here, right? Am I wrong? No, you're not wrong. Whoo-hoo.
[ Chuckles ] Where'd you go?
Sorry. I'm just thinking about business. You came to see me at my office to think about business? No. No, I was, uh... I was gonna ask if you wanted to grab a beer somewhere. Yeah. A beer sounds really great. Um... just so you know, you're buying. Josslyn: I mean, it must be great to have jason as a best friend. Don't get me wrong, Trina's all kinds of awesome, and I'd be lost without her, but jason is just on a whole other level. Josslyn: I mean, when you tell him something, he keeps it in the vault. He can physically protect you, and he's patient when you totally melt down on him. What are you talking about? Who says I melt down on jason? Wild guess. Okay. Enough about me and jason. Right now, it's about you. It's a very important time for you. You have your team-building trip for volleyball, where you get to meet all the new girls. You have to pick your classes for pcu, and the biggest of all, graduation and Trina's party afterwards. Well, you just hit the one area where Trina actually does beat jason. She's social and actually wants a party. Okay, but he, you know, doesn't really love social events. Mm-hmm, which is why you're his best friend. You balance each other out. Yeah. I'm a lucky girl.
[ Chuckles ] Oh. Alright, can you do me a favor? Pilar's putting donna down. Can you go hang out with avery? I know she misses you. Yeah. I miss her, too. I know.
[ Sighs ] Ellie is seeking assurances about my involvement with jason and carly, which, alas, I'm in no position to give.
[ Cellphone rings ] This might be serendipitous. Carly, it's diane. I need to talk to you. Are you free? Are you home? Yes. Then I'm on my way. Spinelli, my best advice to you is to talk to ellie. Tell her why you are so loyal to jason, everything that he's done for you. I'm sure the two of you can come to some compromise. Let's face it, you're both incredibly smart people, and you love each other. I have no doubt that you will work this out.
[ Sighs ] Damian spinelli, right? And you are? Joseph novak. My buddies all call me joey. Peter august? If he ever showed his face in this town again, I would make him pay for every tear that he caused elizabeth and the boys, not to mention the fact that every time I pick up the phone to call my son, I know that he's not there because he was murdered in cold blood by peter august. Scott, nobody wants to add to your pain. You know, franco's not the only kid I buried. First, there was karen, and then logan. I would give anything to have that time back to spend it with my kids again. I'm sorry, scott. I had no idea. It's really awful. Every moment a parent gets with their child is a gift. Yeah, I'm sorry. I'm sorry... I'm ranting like this. It's just that the mere mention of this peter august, I just go berserk!
[ Breathing heavily ] I'm sorry. What can I do for you?
[ Cellphone ringing ] As far as bad timing goes, that was exquisite.
[ Ringing continues ] It's work. Better take it then. Hello? Hey, anna. Is this a good time to talk? Uh, yeah. What have you got? Jordan sent me the medical examiner's report on nurse chloe jennings. I forwarded it on to you. Okay. Give me the bullet points. Uh, cause of death was a broken neck that she sustained when she fell down the abandoned mine shaft. The M.E. Also ran a dna test. Take a look. Let me know if you got any questions. Okay. Thanks. Sam, aren't you going to introduce me to this very handsome man? Oh, this is fun. Stuff like this doesn't happen in pautuck. Pautuck? Pautuck. That's charming. Are you, like, some kind of outdoorsman? Well... Ava.
[ Laughs ] Aren't you gonna order a drink for nikolas, your husband? Remember him? Your husband. How did I not see that? You can see that rock from space. So, you wanted an update into the investigation into the stalker. Were you able to trace the bear that was left in avery's room in the hotel? Shouldn't we wait for Ava? I mean, she was the one who seemed most upset by avery finding that. Yeah, Ava's learning to get over it. Well, don't worry about that. I-I have an open marriage.
[ Scoffs ] Sorry. Since when? Since recent events changed things. In fact, I'd say that my marriage is about to be blown wide open.
You see that guy over there in the grey suit? Uh-huh. Well, that's nikolas, Ava's husband. Oh. He's sitting with detective falconeri. You remember him, don't you? Mm. Yeah, I sure do. I think detective falconeri probably had enough of me up in pautuck, and the last thing I need is a jealous husband glaring at me. So if you'll excuse me. No, no, please. Please don't go. Really, I-I don't even know your name. Oh, his name is austin. Like the city in texas -- austin.
[ Chuckles ] Okay. Well, austin, like the city, I -- it's true that man is my husband. But truth be told... we're getting divorced. Excuse me? Excuse me. I'm sorry to hear that. Sounds very difficult. It's okay, really. But please, come, sit. Bartender, please, another round for me and my -- my new friend here. I'll be right with you.
[ Sighs ] You said to let you know if something's going on. You may want to stop by and see this for yourself. I'm gonna need legal representation, scott. I-I don't understand. You just pulled off a miracle cure. You saved detective chase's life. Why would you need legal advice about peter august? I think he was just being hypothetical, right? There's nothing hypothetical about my feelings for peter. I made no secret of the fact that I hated him. We almost came to blows several times here at the hospital. Well, so what? That makes you just like everybody else in this town that wanted to punch him in the nose. And that is no crime. You see? There's nothing to worry about. But there might be. He just vanished, and the police are searching for him. Won't they start looking at his known enemies? I-I think what Finn is trying to say is -- wait, hold -- hold on a second, elizabeth. I think he's making himself clear. Do you know something about peter august, his whereabouts?
[ Sighs ] Where did you get the laptop? It's amazing what you can find in a well-appointed rental. Any room service? I wish. Hmm. What did dante say? Yeah, well, he sent me the medical examiner report, and they managed to id the woman posing as nurse chloe jennings -- her real name is marie hopkins. That's a hell of a break. What do we know about marie hopkins? Unfortunately, next to nothing. She managed to pass herself off as a competent nurse, and she didn't hesitate to drug maxie or try to abduct her and the baby, which, to me, doesn't sound like somebody operating under duress. Do you know what I mean? Sounds like a pro. Right? But a pro with no history. Could it be someone that peter's father knew? Someone the pcpd doesn't know? But the wsb might. You know, good job poking holes in the lid. You know, it's very important. Make sure you always do that so the fireflies can breathe, okay? One day, you and i are gonna teach donna how to catch fireflies and how you gently cradle them in your hand when putting them in the jar. And then you can watch them light up. And then we set them free.
[ Laughs ] A girl after my own heart, yes. Look, there's more. I hope I didn't pull you away from anything important. Mnh-mnh. Spinelli sends his regards. Oh, you were with spinelli? Mm-hmm. Is everything okay? Absolutely. It was more of an informal conversation, sort of a catch up between friends, although we did touch on a legal question. So I can't say much more. Oh, I wouldn't ask. So how can I help you? Am I here today as friend or attorney? This definitely needs to be covered under attorney-client privilege. Understood. Jason's getting pressure from the other families, specifically my involvement in the business, because I went to a meeting when jason was incapacitated. I think the phrase you're looking for is "shot while trying to escape." The point is, jason couldn't be there, so I went in his place. Ah. Leading to a perception problem. Correct? Because when a family appears vulnerable, even if they're not, that can lead to chaos, and chaos leads to violence, and violence tends to rattle everybody. So the question becomes, how do you change the narrative? Jason: Taking this step won't guarantee peace, but... it'll send the message that you support me as the head of the corinthos organization and will shut down any possibility of "divide and conquer." So it makes sense from a business perspective. For business...besides complete destruction? It's the best option I've heard so far. Jason and I might have come up with something. Look, mr. Novak -- I told you, my friends call me joey. Okay...joey. Apologies, but I'm unable to pursue an acquaintance. See, I'm actually late for an appointment -- you should be flattered. Your special talents have been noticed by my family. I'm really not that special. Don't sell yourself short. The novak family could use a man like you. With all due respect... joey, I'm not Available to be used by you or your family. You act as if you have a choice. Let me be clear with you. You don'T. With the novak family, when we see something we want, we take it. And we want you.
[ Door opens ] Will you do me a favor and wait at the bar? This won't take long. How are you gonna play this? You gonna be smart and volunteer, or do we have to draft you? Either way, the result is the same. You're joining the novak family. Is there a problem here?
[ Sighs ]
I need a word in private. Let's go.
[ Door closes ]
[ Exhales deeply ] I took the liberty of ordering you a beer. Gracious thanks.
[ Chuckles ] Did we run into you by accident? Or did jason know you'd be here? A most fortuitous coincidence. Fortuitous for me, perhaps not so for my unwelcome companion. Yeah, who was that guy? He said his name was joey novak. Is that name supposed to mean something to me? Oh, um... the novaks are... an alleged crime family of some significance. The "boss," as it were, is mr. Vincent novak. I believe joey is his favorite nephew. I wonder if that's what jason was talking about. He mentioned a business problem. That's unlike him.
[ Chuckles ] What do you mean? Oh, it's just that he... rarely refers to business unless it's to those directly involved. Well... we were fugitives together. So it's a little late for him to be keeping secrets from me. Jason and I are considering a strategy that will strengthen our position with the other families. Would you care to be more specific? Unless it involves murder. In which case, don't be specific. We need to send a clear message to the competition. Jason is in charge, and he has my full support. There's no division in the ranks, no way to split the corinthos organization into factions. Well, that's a very sensible solution -- in theory. How do you intend to put it into practice? Nikolas, would you care to explain to me what's going on with you and Ava? Let's just say my marriage has been under a lot of stress recently. Okay. Round them up. Bartender, one more, eh? Hey... n-no, none -- none for me. Thank you. And -- and look, I know that we've just met, but maybe it's time to slow down. What's the matter, pautuck? Small-town fella can't take the big-city fast lane? That's not really the problem. Okay. That's enough, Ava. On the contrary, nikolas. I'm just getting started. I was reluctant to come forward because it would involve someone else. Finn! Tell him about chase. He was so sick because peter poisoned him. That true? Peter was targeting me as a way to hurt anna. There was a mix-up, and chase got poisoned instead. So you can see, I have plenty of motive for wanting to hurt the guy, which is why... why what? Which is why the police may want to question me... about peter's disappearance, and I don't want violet having to visit her dad in pentonville. Oh! If you were to bump peter august off, they would give you the keys to the city. You don't have to worry about your kid visiting you in prison because if mac scorpio brings you in for questioning, I will be there, ready to spring into action. Thank you. Okay. Anything else? Wait. There is one more thing. I want to make certain that, if anything were ever to happen to me, that... elizabeth will be violet's legal guardian. Okay. I'll take care of it.
[ Door closes ] I'm sorry. I should've asked first. Did I misspeak? Well, there must be something in marie's past -- a high school, a hometown... pet poodle? A poodle? I like poodles. They're hypoallergenic. You're not the only one who does research. Good to know. Alright, we were talking about marie hopkins. She has a brother. Don't tell me he's dead, too. I hope not. He's in a high-risk profession. He's a helicopter pilot. So I think I owe you a thank you. In what regard?
[ Laughs ] The canadian passports we used north of the border. They were flawless. Oh. When we used them at the hostal, no one even blinked. I was unaware that jason needed further medical attention. Uh, he didn'T.
[ Chuckles ] Um... we visited a clinic out of an abundance of caution. That's impressive.
[ Laughs ] I can't think of many who could have convinced him to go. You must exert significant influence. I think he just wanted to put my mind at rest. I was getting neurotic, hiding out with nothing else to think about.
[ Door opens ] I got you a beer.
[ Sighs ] Thank you. Is everything okay? Yeah, it's fine. I sent joey novak home with a message for his uncle. Is that blood on your hand?
I'm honored you would entrust violet to me if something were to happen to you. Thank you. Not that anything will, not if we... stick together. But, uh... Finn, we've been really, really careful. I don't see how -- how our secret could get out. Peter's just a few floors below us in a hospital freezer. As long as he's there, there's a good chance they're gonna find him. So what are you saying? I'm saying peter's got to go. David hopkins -- former black hawk helicopter pilot. Served in iraq, honorable discharge. Flew various charters from hawaii to maine before striking out on his own. Right. A helicopter pilot for hire. That's no coincidence, is it? What are you doing? Notifying the wsb. I-I understand the impulse. Aren't you worried you'll be alerting peter? Mm, yeah. You're right. If he's anything like his father, he's got eyes and ears all over the agency. If he learns we're onto david hawkins, then the helicopter pilot is gonna wind up as dead as his sister. We started this on our own. I suggest we keep it that way. I don't want any trouble. No, no, no. [ Laughing ] Come on. No, we're not -- we're not done, though, right? Although I am definitely done with my soon-to-be ex-husband here. Ava, you are still my wife, and I won't let you make a fool in public. Oh, you'd rather I just make a fool of myself in the privacy of our own home, right? You want me to be resigned to the fact that I'm some kind of kept woman? Well, let me remind you of something, buster. Nobody owns Ava jerome! I suggest you keep your voices down before we all get thrown out of this fine establishment. It's alright. I'm a cop. We got this. Austin. How you doing, man? We gotta stop meeting up like this, huh? Mm, yeah. That'd be a good idea. Maybe, uh -- maybe it'd be best if you go. Oh, I would love to leave, but she's not letting go. Mm.
[ Sighs ] You know, if they don't -- if they don't want my business in this establishment, then I'll go some-- someplace else then. Come on. Uh, thank you very much, but no thank you. You don't take another step to self-destruction. Not as long as we are still man and wife. Well, that's something I can fix. From a legal standpoint, it would merely be formalizing a preexisting arrangement. You and jason already hold each other's power of attorney. You are the trustees for each other's estate. You -- you are the guardians for each other's children. And you are co-owners of corinthos coffee. So, no, I cannot see one reason why this would not work. I can. Joey novak won't be bothering you again, spinelli. Look... I'm very grateful for the save, but it's not gonna stop his family's ambitions. I-if anything, it might inflame them. It's been handled.
I believe you.
Ellie won'T. What, something happen with ellie?
[ Sighs ] Ellie's threatening separation unless I distance myself from you and carly. I've run out of assurances. If you want, you know, I can... I can speak to ellie. Let him try, spinelli. For a guy with seemingly zero communication skills, he can be incredibly convincing. I mean, I-I'll do it. I'll talk to her. And say what? You'll do everything in your power to assure my safety? She already knows that. I fear it's not enough.
ellie wants stability. She wants...peace. And, frankly, I --
[ Scoffs ] I can't -- I can't blame her. So, now if you'll excuse me, I'm expected at home... where I'll have to explain to ellie how... joey novak approached me tonight. Well, you... you know, you don't have to tell her. Yes, I do.
[ Chuckles ] Good night. There goes a man who does not understand the adage, "discretion is the better part of valor." You can have honesty in a relationship without blurting out every little detail -- britt, I-I'm sorry. About? I need to take you home. Okay. Um... business? Yeah. Okay. No worries. But since I got the beers tonight, next time, you are definitely buying. I've already lost Sonny. If this goes wrong and I lose jason... I mean, I'd lose the way we are to each other, the way we know each other, the way we never fail each other. Stop. It's perfectly reasonable to worry about jason dying. The man takes unconscionable risks on a regular basis, but you'll forgive me, it's patently absurd and -- and a bit self-indulgent to worry about losing him. If the man has not turned his back on you by now, he never will.
[ Door opens, closes ] Josslyn: Look who it is. Aunt diane!
[ Chuckling ] Hi!Can you read me a bedtime story tonight? Oh, honey, I would love to. What are you in the mood for? Hmm. My book about the stars! Josslyn and I saw the big dipper tonight. The big dipper -- you know, that constellation has another name. That is called ursa major, which means "big bear" in latin. And let's go find it in your book, shall we?
[ Chuckles ]
[ Sighs ] Hey, is everything alright? Yeah. Diane was just going over some legal technicalities with me, and, uh... everything she said makes sense. Elizabeth: I know it's weighing on you, what accidentally happened to peter, but I really think it's best if we just leave things the way they are. Just leave him in the freezer like a rack of lamb. This is weighing on me, too. I swore an oath to heal, just like you did. But I'm not gonna pretend I'm sorry that peter's gone, not after what he did to franco, not after what he did to chase. And think about maxie. I pray every day she gets her baby back. And when she does, that little girl will be better off without peter in her life. It'd be different if it was just me. But you're involved. And I can't let you take that risk. We started this together. We're gonna finish this together. Let's go. It's late. Violet needs her dad to tuck her in. Yeah.
[ Sighs ] So did you two think you had me fooled? You lost something. Didn't lose 'em. Done with 'em. Isn't that kind of cold, Ava? Austin: Well, I'm a big fan of "who's afraid of virginia woolf?", But I don't think that I'm gonna be able to stick around for act two. What? No, c-- nonsense! Seriously, there's plenty of other places t-that you and I could go and have a nightcap. Sam: Ava, I think we should call it a night. Dante: I agree with sam. You hear that? I don't hear a thing.
[ Chuckles ] The rain stopped.
[ Insects chirping ] Looks like the storm's blown over. Yeah, the weather advisory's been lifted. Um, the roads should be open in an hour or so, maybe? Maybe I should call brook lynn, ask her to leave a light on for me. I mean, if we're not gonna... need to spent the night. We should probably put out the fire. I'll do that. I'll clean up. Valentin: What have you found? Family photo... I think. Has our mystery been solved? No. But I think it's the beginning of another one.
Avery's asleep. Oh, thank you for doing that.
[ Chuckles ] It's -- it's my pleasure. She is one of my most favorite people. She's bright. She's curious. She misses her dad. Did she ask about Sonny? She asked if I thought he could visit her from heaven, and I told her he absolutely could. I tell her the same thing. But I'm sure it's reassuring for her to hear it from you, too. Well, I'm glad someone around here respects my opinion. I respect your opinion. I wouldn't have asked you over if I didn'T. Then let me reassure you, from a legal standpoint, this is a sound and effective strategy. Makes perfect sense. Whether or not you choose to pursue it... that's up to you and jason.
[ Sighs ]
[ Door closes ] Do you recognize the little boy in this photo? Yeah, looks a little like our country doctor, austin. Right? It is. It's austin. A-and remember I said that I had this feeling that he was familiar to me since the beginning. Well, now I see him in this picture with his parents. Wait. Are you saying you knew austin as a child? No. But I knew his father. Man, I'm sorry. I-I don't mean to cause trouble for you and your wife. I'm just trying to have quiet drink. You know, maybe it would be better if you went back to the woods. I think you're right. Bears, wildcats -- I understand them more than I understand people sometimes. Coward. Ava, come on. Hey, man. If it's any consolation... I think she's trying just a little too hard to forget all about you. You, um -- are you okay? No, but I will be. I don't care what Ava says. We're not done. Elizabeth, just because I was franco's father doesn't mean that I expect you to wear black for the rest of your life. I really don'T. Oh, no, scott. We -- elizabeth and I are friends. Hey, hey, hey. It's none of my business. We all... we lost a lot this year. And if you two can find a friend in each other... so be it. See ya.
[ Sighs ] "Sound and effective strategy."
[ Scoffs ] Right.
[ Door closes ] In here, jason. So I've been thinking. Me too.
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